The memorial service for legendary house producer Frankie Knuckles was held last night in Chicago’s South Side.
Friends, family, and fans gathered to speak and pay tribute to the late “godfather” of house music, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month at the age of 59.
Sending their condolences were fellow Chicagoans Barack and Michelle Obama. David Morales, house producer and friend to Knuckles, wrote a tribute on his Facebook page, accompanied by a photo of the letter from the President and First Lady.
Frankie’s memorial service was emotionally special. To have his friends, family and the Governor speak about Frankie goes to show the impact he has had on people. You know you’re a TRUE LEGEND when u get one of these….
The Obamas call Knuckles a “trailblazer” whose work “helped open minds and bring people together.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Elton John is also working to set up a fund in honor of Knuckles that will support HIV research.The fund will work as part of the larger Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and will provide HIV testing, information, and treatment. On Knuckles, John says:
Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping create an AIDS-free future.
For more information about the fund, visit the website here.