Chicago House Music and Footwork Pioneer DJ Rashad Found Dead

Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed under the name DJ Rashad, was found dead Saturday afternoon on Chicago's South Side.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that drugs and drug paraphernalia were found near the body, and police suspect a drug overdose.

He was found unresponsive by a friend around 1:30PM on Saturday and pronounced dead shortly after. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Harden, who helped to develop and popularize footwork, a style of house music centered around dance battles, recently opened for Chance the Rapper's "Social Experiment Tour" and was poised to have a breakout year. His new EP, "We On 1," was set to be released on Monday. You can stream it here.

Harden was 35.

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