*Editor's note: we have received the official news from the Fort Knox Five family and have pasted in their response below*
Fort Knox Family,
We are with Jon's family at his bedside in BC, Canada playing him music, surrounded by pictures of him and his beloved Pamela, notes, letters, gemstones, crystals. All tokens of the love that his many friends have sent to give him strength and hope in what has been his most difficult of times.
If you know Jon at all you know him to be a fighter, musician and a manager with a dogged determination. But, sadly, Jon's condition has been downgrading for several weeks. Despite the fight he's put up he is responding less and less neurologically. Simply put, there is no hope left for his meaningful recovery and he will soon be let off the machines that are helping to keep him alive.
This is heartbreaking news, but it's time to say our final goodbyes, play him some last tracks, and send him our love in this final stage.
We thank you for all your love and support and we will let you know when he has peacefully transitioned.
By: Anand Harsh
Today we lost a brother in the fight for funk. Jon Horvath, known to all friends and family (and all friends were family) as Jon H, has passed away. A founding member of Fort Knox Five and Fort Knox Recordings, Jon H's dedication to finding the best in world, breaks, disco, and nu-funk kept us inspired, and on our toes, as he was always sending us the best new music we had never heard of.
On a personal note, Jon gave me the time and courtesy when I was just starting up to introduce me to worlds of electronic music I never knew existed. We'd have long phone conversations about the newest artists and the freshest records that were turning him on. We had wild plans for tours and fun ideas, and it's sad that we'll never get to realize most of them.
From his corner of the world in DC, his passion was sharing the good vibes, whether it was through his U Street Music Hall showcases, FK5 dates, or via the Fort Knox Recordings label. He loved his bandmates, the behind-the-scenes folks, and most of all the crowds he thrilled with his music. We hope you keep funkin' in the great beyond, brother. From all of us at The Untz, you will be missed.
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