Erick Morillo DJ, well known for the 90s famous ‘I like to move it’ song from the movie Madagascar, died on Tuesday, September 1st in Miami Beach, US. The Miami Beach Examiner Officer will investigate the cause of death, police stated.
Erick was 49 years old and died just a few days prior, he was due in court for a sexual assault charge; he was arrested by the police as he was accused of sexually assaulting a female DJ working with him.
The woman stated that after a party she found herself naked on the bed, next to Erick. However, Erick Morillo denied all the allegations against him but was arrested as his DNA matched the results of a rape kit.
Erick released, ‘I like to move it’ hit song in 1994 using the name Reel 2 Real.
In the 2005 animated film Madagascar, the song was remixed and became a retro super hit.
He won the Muzak magazine “Remixer of the year” award in 1999, along with the “Best International DJ” award for three consecutive years.
The iconic song collaborated with the Trinidadian Singer The Mad Stuntman. The song was a major hit in Europe, Ibiza, and Australia.
Erick Morillo’s Early Life
Erick was born in 1971 in New York and brought up in a family, who loved salsa and merengue music, in Cartagena, Columbia. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to the US and started following his passion DJing at weddings for family and friends.
Erick Morillo’s Career
Erick collaborated with Latin Reggae EI General in 1991 for his first single “Muevelo”. His next big single came out in 1993 under the label Strictly Rhythm, “Funky Buddha”, later under the same label the single “I Like To Move It” released. It was his first International Dance Hit and made him a millionaire.