Noted DJ and music producer Erick Morillo has been found dead in Miami Beach, Florida, at the age of 49, authorities said.
Officers were called to Morillo’s residence yesterday, September 1st, where they found his body. According to a statement sent to Mixmag, the Miami Beach Police Department said they are investigating the death, whose cause is currently unknown, and that no foul play was observed at the scene. “We received a 911 call this morning at 10:42 a.m to 5660 La Gorce Drive in Miami Beach. Detectives responded to the scene and did not observe any apparent signs of foul play. The cause of death will be determined by the Miami Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.”
The world-renowned DJ’s death comes almost a month after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a woman. The alleged incident is said to have happened at Morillo’s home in Miami Beach back in December 2019. The New York-born musician initially denied the accusation against him but turned himself in after a rape kit tested positive for his DNA. He was due to appear in court this Friday, September 4th, police said.
Best known for his international work in house music, in particular for the label Strictly Rhythm, Morillo became a superstar DJ in the ’90s with the international hit ‘I Like to Move It‘ feat. The Mad Stuntman, which he released under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real.
He also recorded under a number of aliases including Ministers de la Funk, The Dronez, RAW, Smooth Touch, RBM, Deep Soul, Club Ultimate, and Li’l Mo Ying Yang.
A three-time winner of the DJ Awards’ Best House DJ, he also won Best International DJ in 2002, 2006 and 2009.