News is running wild that DJ Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music, has passed away. So far, confirmation has not been given from his reps, but read on for what we know.
1. Fellow House Artists Are Reporting the Death Online
Chicago house music artists Paul Johnson and DJ Deeon started spreading the news of Frankie Knuckles apparent death via social media. Johnson posted a message on Facebook, while DJ Deeon used Instagram as his communication.
Much respect……. Frankie knuckles…. SALUTE!!!!!! REST IN PARADISE
TMZ reports: According to some reports, Knuckles (real name Francis Nicholls) died of complications stemming from Type II Diabetes.
2. Frankie Knuckles Is Most Known for his “Whistle Song”
The “Whistle Song” is what Knuckles is most known for, according to his many fans.
— Sabrina Lee (@Sabrinaleez) April 1, 2014
3. Knuckles Was Supposedly Found at Home
Complex was one of the first news sources to report on the DJ’s death, but there haven’t been a lot of details released on the cause of death or who found Knuckles. Resident Advisor, however, writes that Frankie Knuckles was found dead at his home today at age 59.
4. #RIPFrankieKnuckles Is Trending
RIP Frankie Knuckles. We are grateful for the time your shared with us here and the legacy you leave us. #Godfather
— Carlos Mena (@casamena) April 1, 2014
#RIPFrankieKnuckles is trending on Twitter after fellow DJ’s have reported that Knuckles has died. Hopefully this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke.
5. DJ David Morales Has Expressed His Grief
I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can’t write anymore than this at the moment. I’m sorry.
— David Morales (@DJDavidMorales) April 1, 2014
DJ David Morales has taken to Twitter to also reach out to fans on the death of Frankie Knuckles.