Iconic House Music Singer Kim English Has Died at 48 While Awaiting Kidney Transplant
House music icon Kim English, who had her music blasted in clubs all over the world and topped the US and global dance charts has passed away at the age of 48-years-old.
Unknown to the public, the musician was actually suffering from kidney failure for the past five years and was undergoing dialysis. However, while she was awaiting a transplant, her kidneys gave up.
Messages of love and condolences have flooded her record label's Facebook post, which announced their beloved member's death.
Looking back at Kim's life
Kim was a longtime resident of Chicago, studying in the Kenwood Academy where she was trained to be the amazing musician that she is by Lena McLin. On her Facebook page, English cited McLin as one of her influences, including Chicago's Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, Shirley Caesar, and other singers like Doris Day, Lena Horne, Teena Marie, Barbra Streisand, and Sarah Vaughan.
Nervous Records described the late musician's hits as "all-time classics in the house music genre." They noted that it wasn't just her talent that she imparted on her fans, but God and her religion as well.
"She had a unique ability both through her singing and songwriting talents to inspire people to dance and also celebrate the joys of God and religion. She was a deeply religious and devoted member of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana. While she had many opportunities to travel the globe as a singer, she remained a devoted family member and member of her church, and never allowed herself to be distracted from the path she felt was right for her. "
Her mourning fans
Aside from her family and friends, Kim left behind a loyal fanbase that was completely heartbroken about her sudden death. They all reached out through various social media channels, making sure their comments somehow reached their idol.
"Danny Rampling: Sad news another star of our scene gone too soon, deepest condolences to you Kim's family and all at Nervous Records bless Kim RIP and thank you for all the great music"
"Bronson Monroe: What!!!? What a great loss to the world. I became a fan twenty years ago after hearing her hit song "Unspeakable Joy" on the radio. I have loved her songs since. The Creator called her own. I will proudly continue to appreciate her voice and her many songs that have uplifted me. Thank you."
"Chib Akobundu: I will always remember her for her excellent track called "night life." It is one of the tracks that pulled me into house music. The remix by Armand Van Helden is my favorite. RIP Kim English. Thanks for the memories. Music isn't made like it used to be. This is a sad day indeed."
Rest In Peace, Kim.