Chicago House Music DJ Paul Johnson Dies of COVID-19 at 50 | News from USA®
CHICAGO (AP) – Paul Johnson, a Chicago disc jockey and house music producer who found success with his 1999 track “Get Get Down”, has died of complications from COVID-19. He was 50 years old.
Johnson died Wednesday morning at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago, where he was hospitalized with COVID-19 on July 17, said Camille Harry, one of his agents.
“Paul Johnson fought to the end. His death is a shock to family and fans. Paul’s charismatic spirit made him a friend to many and an inspiration to all, ”she said in a statement.
Harry said Johnson’s family were devastated and asked for privacy as she mourned and made arrangements for her funeral, which she said remained on hold on Friday.
Johnson, who started DJing and producing on the Chicago house scene in the 1980s, was best known for his 1999 track “Get Get Down”, which reached No.5 on the UK music charts, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
The single also spent 18 weeks on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and eventually reached No. 1, according to Billboard.
Electronic music duo Daft Punk immortalized Johnson’s contributions to dance music in their 1997 track “Teachers”, where his name was first mentioned in the song’s call.
Johnson began using a wheelchair after a shooting in 1987. He later lost both of his legs to an amputation.
Chicago record director Braxton Holmes, who had a working relationship with Johnson when the latter arranged the music for Cajual Records, said he believed Johnson was “out of the woods” after being hospitalized with COVID- 19.
“For him, going from a bullet in his childhood, in a wheelchair, to his legs to an amputation, to (COVID-19) get him out is very sad,” he told the Chicago Sun -Times.
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