Hugely respected Detroit producer Aaron-Carl Ragland has died after a battle with cancer.
Almost impossible to classify, Aaron-Carl Ragland spent the best part of two decades playing hide and seek with dance fans. The Detroit producer’s output spans all genres of house, moving between labels and monikers.
At times working with Underground Resistance, Aaron-Carl Ragland released several cuts on the sub label Soul City. Later launching his own imprint Wallshaker Music, Aaron-Carl built a reputation for delivering music that was both thoughtful and had a serious punch.
However earlier this year the Detroit producer revealed that he was suffering from cancer. Entering hospital, Aaron-Carl Ragland took the unusual step of keeping fans informed via social networking.
His frequent updates contained a gentle humour which belied the seriousness of his illness. Writing a lengthy message on MySpace, Aaron-Carl Ragland took time to explain the treatment he was undergoing and how it would effect him.
Sadly, it seems that Aaron-Carl Ragland succumbed to cancer earlier today (September 30th). The DJ was about to enter hospital once more, with his final Twitter entry stating: “Finished the bone marrow biopsy. Ouch! Now I’m preparing for the lymph node removal. Surgery, here I come!”
News of the producer’s death was confirmed by friends, including like-minded producer Piarahna Head. Writing on his own Facebook page the DJ paid tribute to the much loved Detroit house don.
“Just lost one of his best friends, Aaron-Carl, and my arms are far too short to box with GOD. One of the best Human beings in the WORLD is gone. I have no words. Music is Silence.”