Three weeks following the death of Frankie Knuckles, a letter has surfaced from President Barack Obama that honors the late Chicago DJ/producer and offers condolences to his family and friends.
In the typed letter dated April 17, Obama praised Knuckles for being a “trailblazer in his field” and said his music helped “open minds and bring people together.” POTUS said the artist’s “legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.” [See below.]
The note, addressed to Knuckles’ friends and family and signed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, was posted Tuesday (April 22) on DJ David Morales’ Facebook page.
President Obama and Knuckles share a small but significant history: back in 2004, then-Illinois Senator Obama declared Aug. 25 as Frankie Knuckles Day in Chicago, before naming a street after him.
Knuckles, who was widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” reportedly died due to complications with diabetes. He was 59.