News has come in that Aaron-Carl Ragland, better known as Aaron-Carl, has passed away after a short battle with cancer. Though Facebook and Twitter updates show that he had been in a positive frame of mind regarding his diagnosis and treatments, the disease took him from us earlier this morning.

Over a two-decade career, Aaron perfected a Detroit style of deep house production, releasing countless singles on labels such as Mahogani, Ovum, Underground Resistance sub-label Soul City, and his own Wallshaker Music. Perhaps best known for the chart-topping “My House” and the sultry “Homoerotic” from his Uncloseted full-length, Aaron knew how to move a crowd with an unprecedented warmth and love. In addition to his own productions, he also lent his smooth tenor to numerous other projects.

Aaron and I became friends after I spoke up about him on a Resident Advisor forum a few years ago. Since then, we had messaged each other frequently, and I can honestly say that I’ve never encountered a more genuinely caring person as Aaron—when I was going through tough times, he was always there to offer support. His person and his productions will be sorely missed by his fans, friends, and family.

Aaron, if there is a heaven, you’re surely there right now. Rest in Peace, brother.