Acid House Pioneer DJ Spank Spank of Chicago Trio Phuture Has Died

Cesar Moza

Chicago acid house trio Phuture has confirmed the passing of member DJ Spank Spank via a message to fans on Facebook.

DJ Spank Spank -- real name Earl Smith -- performed alongside his brother DJ Pierre and friend Lothario Lee (who recently replaced original member Herb J), helping to create the iconic acid house sound since 1985. The group most famous for its foundational hit “Acid Tracks.”

Smith had previously suffered a stroke in May and underwent surgery the same month.