DJ Deeon has revealed that he is currently in ICU due to a heart infection.
The legendary Chicago DJ and ghetto house pioneer shared a picture of himself on Facebook yesterday (29th June) with breathing apparatus accompanied by the caption: "In hospital, amputation, Pneumonia, NOW ICU. With heart infection. Wishing you well. AND ASKING FOR PRAYERS PLEASE."
Messages of support for Deeon have been shared across the dance music community, some of which you can read below.
DJ Deeon, real name Deeon Boyd, kicked Chicago's ghetto house phenomenon into gear, establishing his career with a string of releases for Dance Mania in the '90s and refining his sound across nearly three decades of productions and DJing. He is among the "teachers" named in Daft Punk's iconic track of the same name from the 1997 album 'Homework'. You can read more about his influence on the duo in Gabriel Szatan's DJ Mag feature, Daft Punk’s ‘Homework’ at 25: Teachers and Students.
This year, DJ Deeon was nominated in the Underground Hero category in DJ Mag's Best of North America Awards.
Boyd has suffered a number of serious health issues in recent years including a series of mini-strokes that left him unable to tour. He launched a Crowdfunder in 2020 after the effects of poor health and a loss of income due to the coronavirus caused him to face financial hardship.
"Im not one to ask for help - it doesn’t sit comfortably with me - and i believe you should never get something for nothing so here I am offering to you what I can. Unreleased remixes, Back Catalogue Material, Exclusive Merch, Video messages, Remixes you name it," he wrote on the Crowdfunder page at the time.
Check out DJ Deeon's latest release, 'HOUSOHOLIC 2', below.