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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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olu32    

May he rest in peqce

206 days ago
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imdaman    

Nnnooooooo! He Is a Tru insparation love house music first time i heard house music i knew it was a gift from god may u R.I.P godfather

206 days ago
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Gretel    

I don't know him or his music, but any time I hear the term complications of diabetes it puts a knot in my stomach. Unless you understand or know someone who has been dogged by the monster of diabetes you can't imagine what happens when it pounces. God bless you Frankie Knuckles, rest in peace.

206 days ago
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TedFrunk2    

House music sucks.

206 days ago
20.

lilly    

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
http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/music/godfather-house-frankie-knuckles-wife-girlfriend/

206 days ago
21.

Stop Whining!    

Thank you Frankie for your inspiration. Music will never be the same because of you...

206 days ago
22.

Adam Rivera    

We at Ionz.FM will be featuring a TRIBUTE to the GODFATHER of HOUSE Mr. Frankie Knuckles Around the clock Around the WORLD for the next 30 days for everyone to enjoy the sounds of a TRUE LEGEND. Tune in to www.ionz.fm WORLDWIDE. Frankie YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!!

206 days ago
23.

sean knight    

Frankie Warren Knuckles, Jr. NOT Francis Nicholls

206 days ago
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disinter    

Too bad he didn't die at birth, then we wouldn't have another worthless "music" genre.

206 days ago
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benjitiger30    

I grew up in the house music scene in the 80s-90s in Toronto..met Frankie Knuckles at the Twilight Zone. The man was a legend. RIP! Frankie Knuckles. .. THAT'S HOUSE!!

205 days ago
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Truth44    

RIP Godfather, you were amazing and brought so much to the house music family!!

205 days ago
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benjitiger30    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f1TdEcqw_M

205 days ago
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