The Colombian-American DJ and producer Erick Morillo died. Entertainment website TMZ reports from police sources that his body was found in Miami Beach. The cause of death is still unknown.
Morillo (49) is seen as one of the designers of the ’90s house, says the Dutch dj Sunnery James, who met him at the beginning of his career in Ibiza. “He was one of the founders of house music. Erick Morillo really pulled the house sound to the next level”, says James in the radio show Langs de Lijn en Omstreken.
By far his biggest hit is the dance album I Like to Move It, which he released together with producer Ralph Muniz and rapper Mad Stuntman under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real. The song was at the top of the Dutch top-40 in the spring of 1994. Later the earwig was used for the animated film Madagascar.
Later Morillo scored several club hits like Reach, Them Girls and Partay Feeling. He also presented MTV programmes about house and set up his own music label: Subliminal Records. For his house records Morillo received six DJ Awards.
In 2013, the millionaire decided to take it slower, although he continued to perform. Last month Morillo was arrested in Miami after allegations of sexual abuse. The investigation into that case is still ongoing.