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Frankie Knuckles, house music pioneer, dead at 59

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Frankie Knuckles, the man known as the "Godfather of House Music" has died.

The Cook County medical examiner says the 59-year-old died Monday in Chicago. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Knuckles was a regular at the Warehouse in Chicago where he made his name. That's where he created the sound that would become his legacy. The Grammy winner is considered a key figure in the evolution of the music genre, dating back three decades.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that Chicago has lost "one of its most treasured cultural pioneers." Chicago named a stretch of road near downtown for the Bronx native, calling it "Honorary 'The Godfather of House Music' Frankie Knuckles Way." He told the Chicago Sun-Times last year that he took that role "very seriously" and feels he represents "a lot of people who really believe in this music."

Knuckles was inducted in to the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Knuckles also was a producer, doing work for artists including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Depeche Mode.

Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement Tuesday after Knuckles' death on Monday. He said Knuckles is a "proud son of Illinois" and a "true music trailblazer."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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