Erick Morillo died, he was 49 years old. His body was found by police at his Miami Beach home: the circumstances of his death are still unclear. House music star and best known for his 90’s hit I Like To Move It, Erick Morillo ended up at the center of a litigation one month ago when he was charged with sexual assault.
Dead deejay, musician and producer Erick Morillo , known for the 90s hit “I Like To Move It”, was 49 years old. As the TMZ website reports, he passed away at just 49 in unclear circumstances. His body was found in Miami Beach by the police, who rushed to his home after receiving a call. His death comes just weeks after he was arrested in Miami on suspicion of sexual assault.
Erick Morillo’s career and the most famous songs
Star of international house music, Morillo produced his biggest hit in the 90s with the electro-dance song “I Like to Move It”, which he released under the stage name Reel 2 Real. He has won the award for best house deejay three times at the DJ Awards and has been proclaimed as many times as best international deejay, the last of which in 2009. Colombian, born in Cartagena de Indias on March 26, 1971, moved to the United States. Influenced by hip hop, reggae and Latin atmospheres, he founded with colleagues Harry Romero and Josè Nuñez of the Subliminal Records label. He also used pseudonyms Ministers De-La-Funk, The Dronez, RAW and Smooth Touch. He had collaborated with Boy George, Skin by Skunk Anansie and Puff Daddy, among others. In addition to the famous “I Like to Move It” (also known for its use in the soundtrack of the animated saga “Madagascar”), Morillo remains known for songs like “Can You Feel It”, “Muevelo”
The accusation of sexual assault one month before his death
The news of his death comes a few weeks after Morillo was arrested in Miami on charges of sexual assault, for an episode that dates back to December 2019. The alleged victim claimed to have gone to his home after a deejay set by Morillo: however, she would have resisted advances and would have gone to sleep in another room, only to wake up ” naked on the bed, with Morillo standing on the side of the bed also naked “. The deejay initially denied the allegations, but in the face of a DNA test he turned himself in to his lawyer on August 6.
The legend of death in 2002
Until 2012, Morillo had been resident Deejay at Pacha in Ibiza. all summers. It was on the island of the Balearics that a bizarre and macabre urban legend was born according to which the musician had died in a car accident in 2002. The media also talked about it, until it was discovered that it had been a simple fake news.