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Chicago footwork pioneer dies

Footwork music pioneer DJ Rashad has died of a suspected overdose in Chicago, local media reports said on Sunday. Rashad Harden, 35, was discovered unconscious by a friend at his apartment on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported. Police told the newspaper drugs and related paraphernalia were found near his body. A formal autopsy is to be carried out later Sunday.

Footwork is an offshoot of house music, notable for elaborate rhythms played at high tempo which has given rise to a frenetic dance style of its own.

Harden was a key figure within the footwork music scene, his music including the hits "Feelin" and "She A Go" from his 2013 album "Double Cup". His death is the second involving a major figure from Chicago's legendary music scene following that of house music godfather Frankie Knuckles on April 1 at the age of 59.

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