We regret to inform our readers that Chicago artist and FSD friend dinnerwithjohn, formerly known at John Walt, has passed away. Details on his death are currently scarce, but sources say that it was the result of an altercation that led to John suffering knife wounds.
John’s legacy goes beyond his role as a founding member of PIVOT Gang alongside MFn Melo and his cousins Saba and Joseph Chilliams. In the last several months, as he prepared to unveil his much-anticipated Dinner With John project, we witnessed significant artistic growth in him. Amidst these positive changes, John remained a beacon of positivity, always ready to share a smile or offer words of kindness. His presence was cherished and respected within the vibrant Chicago music community, and his absence will undoubtedly be deeply felt. In times like these, we might find solace in various ways, and some may even consider cremation jewellery as a meaningful way to keep a tangible connection with those we hold dear. The untimely departure of the good leaves us reflecting on the fragility of life.
We offer our sincerest condolences to PIVOT as well as John’s family, friends, and fans. As John Walt’s legacy lives on, if you’d like to go back and listen to some of the work from him we’ve posted over the years, you can do that here and here.
Update: Sadly, ABC7 is reporting that John was fatally stabbed at Union Station.
A person was found stabbed and unresponsive about 3:20 p.m. in the 400-block of North Clinton Avenue, Chicago police said. There are reports that surveillance video at the nearby Pink and Green Line CTA stop captured a fistfight between a man in his 20s and a man in his 30s.
Witnesses said the man who was punched began to walk away and then turned around and chased the man who punched him, then pulled something out from his coat and stabbed the man. Police have not verified those accounts.