The dance music pioneer whose exuberant productions helped popularise Chicago’s “ghetto house” style, DJ Deeon died at the age of 56.
The Dj’s official account confirmed the news via Facebook with the caption, “Admin Jim here. I am sorry to announce the legendary Artist, Producer, DJ, Label owner, and my friend Deeon “DJ Deeon” Boyd gained his wings today. The family thanks you for your support and will announce arrangements in the coming days. Thank you for your understanding.”
No cause of death has been given but his press representative said Deeon had been “battling with ongoing health problems and heart complications. He passed peacefully in hospital with his family around him.”
Last week, he shared a photo of himself on Instagram in the hospital with the caption “Pray for me.” DJ Deeon was part of a group of Chicago-based house DJs in the early 90s that innovated the minimal, raunchy strand of the house that became known as ghetto house.
British electronic musician Mathew Herbert tweeted: “Very sad to hear about the death of DJ Deeon. Along with Paul Johnson, he taught me so much about how rhythm works in dance music. He managed to distill so much groove into so few elements. I really owe him,”
DJ Deeon, a Ghetto House Pioneer DJ Died At 56