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D.C. mourns Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go" and a native D.C. son, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. He was 75.

His manager Tom Goldfogle said in a statement that Brown died from multi-organ failure brought on by sepsis.

On Mr. Brown's Facebook page, which counted more than 63,000 fans, a message from his family stated that his legacy "will live on through all of you who have supported him and his creation of Go-Go. His passion, inspiration and drive have always come from his family and fans."

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said the city would have been a difference place without the musician.

"Go-Go is D.C.'s very own unique contribution to the world of pop music," Mr. Gray said. "I am thankful that I had so many opportunities to witness Chuck's singular talent in person, and I enjoyed each performance immensely."

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown likened Brown's connection of Go-Go with the District, to jazz and New Orleans.

"He put Go-Go on the map, and made it cool and accessible to multiple generations of Washingtonians and Americans," he said.

Among some of Brown's most famous songs are "Bustin' Loose" and "We Need Some Money."

Brown was scheduled to perform at the newly renovated Howard Theatre but cancelled due to illness.

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