The 61-year-old Chicago house legend has been hospitalised with the illness, and shared on Twitter that he is in a “serious fight”.
Eric Welton, another artist from Chicago, shared the news that Jefferson was in hospital asking his followers to please “send a prayer up”.
“Marshall Jefferson just informed me he’s in the hospital for pneumonia,” Welton said. “Let’s put politics & beliefs aside for a moment. Life is precious. He asked no calls please.”
The Chicago native is considered one of the architects of house music — the man responsible for tracks such as ‘Move Your Body’ and ‘Everybody Dance’ alongside DJ Pierre. His earliest releases, like 1985’s ‘Go Wild Rhythm Trax’ (released under his initial alias, Virgo) helped to shape the skeletal, primal sound of early house through its angular drum machine rhythms and sci-fi-on-a-budget vibe. Releases like 1986’s ‘7 Ways’ (as Hercules) added a touch of late-night sleaze to the house template. He also refined vocal house through his indelible production work for acts like Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge, CeCe Rogers, and Ten City.
Family, please send a prayer up for Marshall Jefferson who just informed me he’s in the hospital for pneumonia. Let’s put politics & beliefs aside for a moment. Life is precious. He asked no calls please.