Erick Morillo, “I Like to Move It” DJ: Found Dead

The iconic DJ & producer passed away this past Tuesday.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 15: Erick Morillo attends "What We Started" Film Premiere at the LA Film Festival on June 15, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for "What We Started")

We all are familiar with the song, “I Like to Move It”… Whether we like it or not.

When listening to the track, I am simultaneously reminded of both, middle school dances, and the 2005 film Madagascar.

We have American DJ Erick Morillo to thank for the track, releasing it in January 1994. The song was an obvious success, reaching number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and number 8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Morillo paved the way for many DJs today. Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia shared in 2012 that Morillo “taught me how to DJ in clubs.” For nearly 30 years Morillo was a prominent figure in the world of house music, as well as the post-disco sound born in Chicago in the 1980s.

Unfortunately, the famous producer and DJ has reached the end of his time. Morillo was found dead in his Miami home on the morning of September 1. The musician was 49 years old, and the cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesperson for Miami Beach Police, told CNN that there were “no apparent signs of foul play” and that the cause of death will be determined by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.

Coincidentally, Morillo had recently been going through a court hearing. According to Local 10, Morillo was arrested and charged with the sexual battery of a woman last month. The alleged incident took place in Miami Beach in December 2019. The DJ was scheduled for a court hearing on September 4.

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