Erick Morillo found dead in Miami Beach


Erick Morillo, famous for his hit tune 'I Like To Move It, ' has died at the age of 49 years old. The department received a 911 call at roughly 10:42 a.m. ET on the morning of September 1.

His death was confirmed to Miami Beach outlet Local 10 News by Miami Beach Police Department's Ernesto Rodriguez.

Erick's biggest chart hit I Like To Move It was released under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real.

It became a retro hit again after a remix was featured in the 2005 animated film Madagascar. Erick lived in Cartagena, Colombia with his family for much of his pre-teen years. He started DJing for friends and family at the young age of 11. He was scheduled for a hearing in the case this Friday. He began DJing at local clubs in New York City, where he met Latin reggae star El General, with whom he collaborated in 1991 on the single "Muevelo" as well as "Anasthasia", which went platinum.

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Erick Morillo performs on stage during Wavefront Music Festival at Montrose Beach on June 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Morillo's death comes just under a month after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a woman at his home in December. "He was also the 3-time victor of the DJ Awards" Best House DJ and a 3-time victor of Best International DJ. He turned himself in to police with his lawyer after results of a rape kit came back and tested positive for his DNA.

"There is more to the story than what is in the initial police report, and I look forward to sharing this evidence as I defend Mr Morillo in court".