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Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who was better known as DJ Rashad, was found dead on the South Side of Chicago earlier this afternoon.

The 34-year-old rapper was found unresponsive by a friend at approximately 1:30pm, in an apartment located in the 2100 block of West 21st Street. According to the Chicago Sun-Times a drug overdose is suspected, as drugs and drug paraphernalia were seen near Harden’s body.

His father, Anthony Harden, revealed that he had a prescription for Xanax but there’s no definite answer on what killed the musician, as an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Chance The Rapper tweeted:

Jay Electronica and Danny Brown were among others who tweeted their condolences:

DJ Rashad helped develop and popularize footwork, a music genre that originated in Chicago. Chicago Sun-Times reports:

It started out in high school gyms and neighborhood dances on the South Side and the West Sides and has long since crossed over to clubs and rock festivals.

Rashad was a big part of that. He started out as a DJ when he was 10 or 11 years old, his father said.

‘Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this,’ Harden said. ‘He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.’

May he rest in peace. He will be greatly missed.

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook

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