Published On: Tue, Sep 1st, 2020

Erick Morillo: DJ famous for 1993 hit I Like To Move It found dead in Florida | Ents & Arts News

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DJ Erick Morillo – famous for his hit 1993 song I Like To Move It – has been found dead in Florida.

The body of the 49-year-old musician was discovered at a property in Miami Beach this morning, according to police.

His 1993 classic has stood the test of time, featuring in adverts, films and as a ringtone over the years.

Miami Police officer Ernesto Rodriguez said: “We received a 911 call this morning at 10.42am to 5660 La Gorce Drive.

“Detectives are currently on scene and in the preliminary stages of the investigation.”

The Colombian-American DJ produced music under several different pseudonyms, including Reel 2 Real for I Like To Move It, which reached number 5 on the UK singles chart in 1994.

In recent years the song has maintained its popularity after featuring in the popular Madagascar film franchise.

Morillo was a three-time winner of Best International DJ, in 2002, 2006 and 2009, receiving a total of 15 nomination from 1998-2010.

Born in New York, he spent most of his early years in Cartegena, Colombia before moving back to the US aged 11 to live with his mother and sister in Union City, New Jersey.

He began DJing at weddings for friends and family at the young age of 11, while attending a private grammar school.

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