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LEGENDARY CHICAGO DJ TIMBUCK2 PASSES AWAY AT 34

News / December 20, 2015

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DJ Timbuck2, a prominent member of Chicago’s hip-hop scene, passed away Saturday morning due to complications from cancer, friends and colleagues said. 

Timbuck2, whose given name was Timothy Jones, was an alum of Gordon Tech High School, now DePaul College Prep. Known for playing music from local hip-hop artists, he had a set every day on 107.5 FM’s WGCI during the 5 p.m. hour.

The Bucktown native who grew up near the intersection of Armitage and Damen avenues often spent his time in Hyde Park, a neighborhood which was once known as the epicenter of Chicago’s South Side hip-hop scene. 

He learned his craft under Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter The Twilite Tone.

One friend said he battled cancer for at least a year. Andrew Barber of hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive wrote in a tribute post that Timbuck2 faced a “lengthy” battle. It was unclear what type of cancer he had.

Fans took to Twitter to offer their condolences once they heard the news:

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Alberto Mejia, known as DJ Alo from the hip-hop/reggae collective The Dread, said he was shocked when he heard the news of Timbuck2’s passing. 

“Lots of our music community was close with him. He was a true school hip-hop DJ who followed his dreams and made it happen,” Mejia said. “He had so much respect and talent. Always pushed it to the next level. We all looked up to him [back] in the day and in the present.”

Timbuck2, who played music at local venues past and present such as Slick’s Lounge, The Shrine and Beauty Bar, was a staple on the DJ scene.

Logan Square resident Justin Gillespie considered Timbuck2 to be a Chicago “legend.”

He was 34 years old.

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