Barack Obama Pays Tribute to Frankie Knuckles In Letter to Late DJ's Family

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DJ Frankie Knuckles plays at the Def Mix 20th Anniversary Weekender at Turnmills nightclub on May 6, 2007 in London, England. The Weekender marked the start of the world tour celebrating 20 years of the legendary New York based House music label with DJs Satoshi Tomiie, Hector Romero, David Morales and Danny Rampling set to play during the tour.

Obama praised Knuckles for being a "trailblazer in his field" and helping "open minds and bring people together."

Three weeks following the death of Frankie Knuckles, a letter has surfaced from President Barack Obama that pays tribute to the late Chicago DJ/producer and offers condolences to his family and friends.

In a typed letter dated April 17 (see below), Obama praised Knuckles for being a "trailblazer in his field" and said his music helped "open minds and bring people together." It goes on to say that the artist's "legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe."

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.