Chicago House Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Reportedly Passes Away

Andrew Barber


Chicago House music legend, Frankie Knuckles, regarded by some as the Godfather of Chicago House, has reportedly passed away. He was 59. Details remain scarce at this time, but a handful of trusted sources within the Chicago music community have confirmed his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

5Chicago, a blog focusing on Chicago House music, confirms:


We received word this evening from people close to him that Frankie Knuckles, universally regarded as the “Godfather of House Music”, has died in Chicago.

We’ll have more as we know more.

Update: Sources say Knuckles died of complications from type two diabetes.


  • Show Comments (13)

  • Michelle Williamson

    Horrible news! Gold Bless! Thanks for being part of my growing up!

  • János Július Györke

    Frankie will be greatly missed. They just don’t make DJ’s like this anymore. 1 <3

  • Kelley McBrasileira Farrell

    *regarded by all

  • Grey

    Peace and comfort to Frankie’s family and loved ones, – and to all who loved his music. His genius will be missed but his legacy of lovely dance music will live on. How can you not dance when listening to his music – and how can you not smile while you dance? Thank you, Frankie!

    Diabetes is a thief that must be STOPPED!

  • Jose Jimenez dj/producer/rmx

    very sad news.! 🙁

  • markn


  • DeeDee

    D.C. will miss you!!!

  • Lola Sorento

    so sad, he was truly a music legend I know a lot of people who loves his stuff…I tried looking info about his family but it says here he was gay..RIP and prayers to his loved ones

  • Bobby Shoehorn

    His address will forever be immortalized here in this great city of Chicago:

  • Jerico DeAngelo

    OMG ! My inspiration !!!! He made me laugh when we hung out at Denise Rich’s recording studio in New York, and he played the soundtrack of my life, growing up in the 1990s NYC. THNAK YOU for the music, laughter and dance RIP, Frankie.

  • Pyrrhon Artlover

    Thanks for the post! Frankie Knuckles was amazing… I found some beautiful selected songs and remix of him in Art Days, here is the link! Enjoy!

  • Disco Len

    I listened to some of the best original disco cassettes you ever made from the Warehouse and Powerplant back in 82-84. Thanks for bringing N.Y.C. club music to Chicago in “77.

  • Akil

    Disco and House Music was left a huge void when Larry Levan, Tee Scott, and Ron Hardy. Now that you are gone, House will never be the same without you. Heaven must really sound good now. Thank you for putting Chi-Town on the map, I have nothing but good memories because of you and Ronnie.

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