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Frankie Knuckles' leg amputated

The Truth

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Get well Frankie..

Last night I learned from Mikebee on Fakecrack that the one and only Frankie Knuckles had a leg amputated due to complications from diabetes. I just hope he's resting nicely and that he's got some great support and fabulous meds. It makes me sad to learn that a man who inspired millions of people on the dance floor may not be able to dance again. It's a cruel irony, and I'm hoping there's a way he'll find that groove.

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he can get a prosthetic. It is indeed ironic but fortunate it wasn't one of his hands. ppl with one leg can SO dance.


Bernnie Federko

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my best thoughts go out to the godfather of house for a speedy recovery with hope he's back out there bringing his vibe to us soon
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diabetes is becoming more rampant as we as consumers allow corporations to contaminate and pollute our most precious of resources, our food supply, while people are jerking off to porn sites and buying prada shades and trying to lose pounds by not eating, slowly old and young alike are poisoned day after day, by companies who, to make an extra buck, mess with the ingredients in our food....... u can criticize me if u wish but i believe that people getting diabetes like this, this is a result of companies taking advantage of people. how so? by knowing the body chemistry, and building foods that cause blood sugar rise +crashes to make you want to eat more food then u really need to, and thus consume more..... it was at one point up to you to indulge in these foods but these days, even the staple foods have high levels of sugar and anythng processesd is a health risk.

be carefull at the grocery store sistas + brothas!


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you are so right Chris. I did a white sugar/white flour fast last year. Try that and go to a Grocery store and see what you can buy. Fuck all outside of fruits and veggies, fresh meat/fish and some grains nuts etc.. Most of the stuff they sell is made of corn syrup or some kind of sugar is in there. General rule, eat stuff where the only ingredient is the actual food. ie: fish (ingredient - fish), tomato (ingredient - tomato), etc...


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i don't think wacking off to porn sites causes diabetes though, or i'd have no legs or arms left


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it's actually good for your prostate.

sad to hear about knuckles though. you have to be really careful with your diet when you're diabetic. i have a cousin that refuses to quit drinking, even though, he's been told he could go blind, even die. we've all talked to him, but he just won't hear it. sadly, his son is heading down the same path.

i hope frankie is doing well given the circumstances, and wish him a speedy recovery.

The Truth

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Frankie's response:

Recently there has been a lot of scuttle-butt going around on the internet about me and my health. Apparently, someone perpetrating that they are a friend or someone close to me felt it necessary to use me and my PERSONAL HEALTH in an open forum for public discussion. I feel violated and disrespected.

Let me say this; Anyone that knows me personally or, anyone that I've been in close proximity to on a personal level will tell you that I've never been anything less than a gentleman. Oh, I can be as silly as the next one but, never disrespectful, mean or, malicious. However, I am an intensely private individual and don't take kindly to having to explain myself.

But, to put these rumors to rest, here's what's been going on;

Almost 10 years ago I broke my right foot. And instead of sitting still and allowing it to mend properly, I returned to the road and continued to travel during the healing process.

Well, the foot never really healed properly and over the past 10 years continued to give me great difficulty. Throughout that period I developed a disease in my foot called osteomialitis (it's a disease of the bone).

For years I worked with my doctors to combat this illness and they informed me (to a degree) that all this work was pretty much the equivalent of putting a bandaid on the situation. Eventually, it was going to get the better of me and I'd be left with no other choice but to have my foot amputated.

Well, I praise my doctors for helping me put up a good fight. But what was inevitable came to fruition on July 3rd. I didn't lose my leg but I did lose my foot. it was necessary because the disease was beginning to travel up my leg, threatening my heart.

I didn't have a problem losing my foot. After all, I still have another. But I did have a problem losing my life. This is the only one I have.

This disease I developed wasn't diabetic related. The fact that I have diabetes may have compounded it to a degree (in it's latter stages). But you'll all be happy to know that I'm doing very well. I'm 1000% better now that my body is rid of the disease and I'm no longer living in pain. I lived with that pain for almost 10 years and most of you never knew it. And you weren't supposed to.

We've shared entirely too many good times over the years in every city and country I visited around the globe. I did my job and tried to remain respectful of the job at hand when it came to coming and playing for you. And when this thing got to be too much for me, I did what was necessary to correct it. But it was evident that I was going to lose my foot. And that was/is a private matter. One that I share with my family and very close friends. I just wish that instead of someone opening a forum about it here online, that I would've been trusted well enough by everyone to know that I would make a statement about it.

Just know that I've been doing everything in my power to get better and turn this situation around. I can't thank you all enough for your prayers and well-wishes. Your blessings were well received. For the past 3 months I've been here at home, I've managed to rise every morning with a smile on my face and endure every obstacle that's been put in my path, to get back to where I need to be. On a dance floor with you. I can't thank you all enough for the love and respect you all continue to give me.

I am a very fortunate man.

Maximum Love & Infinite Respect~

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