The legend of East St. Louis.
That’s how Lonnie Smith, 48, was described by many of his friends and family on Facebook after he died Wednesday in a boating accident.
Smith was a well-known DJ in the East St. Louis community, said friend and fellow DJ Doug “Derrty DJ 618” Smith. They first met when Lonnie was a young, hopeful DJ.
“I noticed he was at a lot of (DJ) events, and when I found out he wanted to be a DJ, I took him under my wing,” Doug Smith said. “Ever since then, he’s been like a little brother.”
Lonnie quickly rose in the DJ ranks with his technical skills, which Doug Smith said are better than his own. Always community oriented, Lonnie enjoyed helping out aspiring DJs — just like Doug Smith once did for him.
He would schedule appointments for his mentees to come over to his house, and he would teach them how to DJ, giving them the basics and teaching them anything they needed to do about the job.
“He helped so many…