Frankie Knuckles, ‘The Godfather of House Music,’ Dead At 59

Remembrances for the musical icon have been flooding the Web.

Frankie Knuckles, “The Godfather of House Music,” passed away Monday at 59.

According to NBC Chicago, Knuckles, a DJ and producer who is credited with helping found house music, died in Chicago, his cause of death unknown. A statement is expected to be released Tuesday (April 1).

Born Francis Nicholls in New York, Knuckles moved to Chicago in the ’70s where he was the musical director of the The Warehouse nightclub, the location where house was born. The genre of music got its name from the iconic club. He later opened his own club, Power Plant.

A pioneer for the DJ set, Knuckles is responsible for myriad dance classics, such as 1986′s “Your Love” and 1987′s “Baby Wants to Ride” and remixes like
Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” and Hercules and Love Affair’s “Blind.”

Remembrances of the house legend have been flooding Twitter since Monday evening, with Questlove tweeting, “jesus man. Frankie Knuckles was so under-appreciated. he was the dj that dj’s aspired to be. true dance pioneer,” QTip stating, “FRANKIE KNUCKLES pretty much was the reason HOUSE music was called HOUSE cause of his warehouse days. A true GIANT! R.I.P.” and DJ Spinna lamenting, “I can’t believe it. This has been a crazy year thus far. RIP to a founding father of HOUSE MUSIC Frankie Knuckles!!! Massive loss man, wow!”

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter @BrennaEhrlich for news on cats and punk bands.