DJ Paul Johnson has passed away at the age of 50 his agent has confirmed in an emotional statement on social media
Chicago house legend Paul Johnson has passed away at the age of 50.
The Dance Mania mainstay’s death was announced by his agent on Wednesday.
An emotional statement on the star’s Facebook page read: “Our greatness passed away this morning at 9am the house music legend we all know as PJ aka PAUL JOHNSON has passed away in this day of AUGUST 4th 2021.
“Rest In Heaven Paul.”
Last month MixMag reported that the star had been hospitalised with Covid-19 and was in intensive care.
At the time, the DJ said in a video: “I have COVID everybody. I’ve had it for a week. I’m pretty f***ing weak.”
The star was born and raised in Chicago and is classed as one of the all-time greats of the house music genre.
He had been releasing music since the early ’90s and had produced over 100 albums, EPs and singles throughout his career.
He is perhaps best known for his 1999 single titled Get Get Down. The tune was an international hit and topped the dance charts in the US and Canada.
It also placed in the Top 10 of singles charts in the UK, Netherlands, France, Greece and Belgium.
Paul co-founded the Dust Traxx label with Radek Hawryszczuk in 1997.
A shooting left him paralysed from the waist down in 1987 but he didn’t let it stop his career.
In 2003 he also had to have his left leg amputated after he was hospitalised with severe pains in his lower extremities.
In 2010 he also lost his right leg after a serious accident.
Famous names within the industry took to social media to share their condolences.
Defective Records wrote on Twitter: “Paul Johnson… Rest in peace, thank you for the music. Get, get down forever.”
Mike Servito penned: “Paul Johnson taught us how to bounce to the beat. A groove like no other, honestly.
This is so depressing. But the records, the music will remain timeless and uplifting. We will always have that Chicago groove. godspeed PJ!”
Fans also shared their sadness, with one writing: “RIP Paul Johnson one of the teachers. You will be missed one of best.”
Another put: “Chicago house music festival have announced that we have lost another musical legend. Rest in power brother Paul Johnson. We love you and your music will live on in our hearts forever.”
And a third commented: “lost a hero today. RIP Paul Johnson, your music lives on!”