Chicago house music icon Paul Johnson has died. The producer and DJ had been hospitalized in recent weeks after contracting COVID-19. He was 50 years old.
Chicago publication 5 Magazine first reported the news, which has since been confirmed by Johnson’s agency and by his Facebook page. Billboard has reached out for additional comment.
Mike Servito, Kaytranada and Defected Records label head Simon Dunmore are among the many dance music industry figures to pay their respects online. “Paul Johnson taught us how to bounce to the beat,” Servito wrote on Twitter. “A groove like no other, honestly … But the records, the music will remain timeless and uplifting. We will always have that Chicago groove.”