2020 continues to take a toll on the entertainment world as the internationally-renowned and highly-esteemed DJ/producer/artist Erick Morillo has passed away at the age of 49.

The New York native, best known for his innovative work as an international house music creator, produced his biggest hit in the ’90s with the electro-dance track “I Like to Move It” which was released under his stage name Reel 2 Real before launching his own Subliminal Records label. Most famously, the recording was used as a focal point of the Madagascar movies.

Erick’s life was cut short when his body was found this morning (September 1st) in Miami Beach. So far, the circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear but according to Miami’s Local 10, Morillo was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a woman last month. The alleged incident took place in Miami Beach in December 2019. The artist denied the allegations and was reportedly scheduled for a court hearing this Friday, September 4.

Erick Morillo’s legacy will live on through his original compositions, his work with Marc Anthony, Louie Vega, and P. Diddy and being a 3-time recipient of the DJ Awards’ Best House DJ and Best International DJ.

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