HOUSE music DJ Paul Johnson tragically passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
The 50-year-old was best known in the electronic dance music scene.
Paul Johnson was a successful house music DJ
How did Paul Johnson die?
Paul Johnson passed away after contracting coronavirus.
He had been hospitalized in recent weeks and shared a video of the ventilator he was on with his Instagram followers.
Johnson captioned the post: “S**** Taken A TURN for The Worse.
“Next Is To Transfer Me To Downtown An A Full Throat Ventolator. Meaning. I Will Not Be Breathing For My Self….. 😪😪😪❤.”
The DJ spent his last days at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Johnson passed away after contracting coronavirusCredit: Paul Johnson/Instagram
A post on Facebook announcing Johnson’s passing read: “Our greatness passed away this morning at 9 am 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.”
Who was Paul Johnson?
Johnson began DJing in the mid-1980s while still a teenager, teaching himself the ropes.
He worked as a producer in 1987 doing tracks for Chicago house labels Dance Mania, Relief, Cajual, Nite Life, Undaground Therapy, and others.
Throughout his career, he released hundreds of records and became a worldwide sensation when his single Get Get Down hit the music scene.
The song spent 18 weeks on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, eventually becoming number one.
Johnson also started the Dust Traxx label with Radek Hawryszczuk in 1997.
The label has released music from producers including K-Alexi, Stacy Kidd, Glenn Underground, and Robert Armani.
Johnson was a double amputee and DJ’d in a wheelchair which he was bound to after being injured in a shooting in 1987.
He lost both his legs in different accidents seven years apart.
What did people say about Paul Johnson’s death?
Amid the news of Johnson’s passing, fellow musicians and fans took to social media to pay tribute to the Chicago DJ.
One user wrote: “RIP Paul Johnson. Just 50. So sad. He’s a legend of house.”
Another said: “RIP to a Chicago legend Paul Johnson. Sad day in Chicago. Wear your mask! Get tested! Get vaccinated!”
Musician Mike Servito tweeted: “Paul Johnson taught us how to bounce to the beat.
“A groove like no other, honestly … But the records, the music will remain timeless and uplifting. We will always have that Chicago groove.”