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Frankie Knuckles

'Godfather of House Music'

Dead at 59

4/1/2014 5:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Frankie Knuckles DeadFrankie Knuckles, known in the music biz as the "Godfather of House Music," passed away suddenly on Monday. He was 59.

According to some reports, Knuckles (real name Francis Nicholls) died of complications stemming from Type II Diabetes.

Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and had a day named after him in Chicago, where he primarily worked in the 1980s.

Knuckes won a Grammy in 1997 for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical.

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James R. - Los Angeles    

Don't 'Memba him.

114 days ago
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Laura j    

R.i.p

114 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

You gotta take care of yourself when you have Diabetes, it's not a game

114 days ago
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B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Never heard of the guy. R.I.P

114 days ago
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Thizz √$    

R.I.P. knuckles

114 days ago
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my2cents    

R.I.P Frankie....House Music All Night Long

114 days ago
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my2cents    

Aww man...R.I.P. Frankie

114 days ago
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Shytown    

WBMX 102.7 the hot mix 5 weekends at 10:00pm I miss those days. Technics 1200's no MP3 players. RIP

114 days ago
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Jay W.     

Damn Diabetes. RIP Frankie.

114 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

R.I.P.

114 days ago
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Dead@27    

When he was younger, they called him "LIL' Knuckles"

114 days ago
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miss b    

Novolog / Levimir


Would have saved him.

114 days ago
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Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Too bad, but some people have type 2 that just can't be controlled no matter what the doctors do. Tough to die that young.

114 days ago
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Sersi    

oh wow RIP <3

114 days ago
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ariesalyson    

That's too bad.

114 days ago
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