Erick Morillo, ‘I Like To Move It’ Dj, Dead at 49

by Jacklyn Krol
Erick Morillo Death

DJ Erick Morillo, best known for his hit “I Like To Move It” passed away at 49-years-old.

The Tragic Death of Erick Morillo

TMZ confirmed that Morillo died on Monday (September 1). He was found in his Miami Beach home in the morning. The cause of death is unclear. Law enforcement sources told the outlet that a 9-1-1 call was placed from his residence at 10:42 A.M.

His Recent Run-In With the Law

Moreover, Morillo turned himself into the authorities on August 6 after a rape kit came back with Morillo’s DNA. Back in December 2019, Morillo and an anonymous woman met while they were both working as DJs at a party. The event took place in Miami at Star Island.

After the event, the unnamed woman along with one other female went to Morillo’s Miami Beach home with him. The victim said that they were going to get drinks together. She told police that he “made several advances towards her, some sexual in nature, but she refused all of his attempts.”

After drinks, the unnamed woman went to a separate bedroom to sleep. In her sexual assault report, she said that she woke up nude in the bed. After she awoke, Morillo was standing next to the bed in the nude.

Erick Morillo’s Music Career

You most likely know his hit “I Like To Move It,” which he put out under the stage name Reel 2 Reel in January 1994.

Furthermore, the song saw critical success in the Madagascar film franchise. The artist worked with filmmakers to create numerous versions and remixes of the song. Most of the versions altered lyrics to make them suit the films and its child-friendly audience. The first film used a version sung by Sacha Baron-Cohen, the second film by will.i.am, and the third film used a remix with the original “Afro Circus” in it. Baron-Cohen voiced the character of King Julien who sung the song in the first film. The song was also featured in the Netflix spinoff series All Hail King Julien and the spinoff movie Penguins of Madagascar.

Finally, the original version of the song featured Trinidad and Tobago and The Mad Stuntman (Mark Quashie). The track peaked at 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1994.

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