01 September 2020 22:35
Image copyright Getty Images Erick Morillo, the internationally-recognised DJ best known for the track 'I Like to Move It', has been found dead in Miami, local police have said. His death comes less than a month after his arrest for sexually assaulting a female DJ after working a gig together. Police said the 49-year old was found dead in his Miami Beach home, but have released few details as the investigation begins. He released his 1994 hit 'I Like to Move It' using the name Reel 2 Real. It became a retro hit again after a remix was featured in the 2005 animated film Madagascar.
Morillo had denied the sexual assault charge, but turned himself in after a rape kit identified him as the suspect, according to WPLG-TV in Florida. He had been scheduled for a court hearing on Friday, the station reported. DJ ERICK Morillo was reportedly found dead in his home in Miami Beach on Tuesday. The DJ was best known for his 1993 hit, I Like to Move It. 6 Morillo was best known for the 1993 hit I Like to Move It Credit: Getty Images - Getty 6 DJ Erick Morillo was reportedly found dead in his Miami Beach home on Tuesday Credit: Getty - Contributor Who was Erick Morillo? Erick Morillo was born in New York City, and later moved to Cartagena, Colombia.
He moved to New Jersey at the age of 11, where he lived with his mom and sister, Sheila. Morillo began DJing in high school, and after taking a professional course, began working at night clubs. He skyrocketed on charts with the 1993 hit, I Like to Move It – which he released under the name Reel 2 Real. He won the DJ Awards' Best House DJ and Best International DJ three times each, TMZ reported. His most recent award was won in 2009. How did he die and how old was he? Miami police said the DJ was found dead in his home on Tuesday, WPLG reported. Morillo, born in 1971, was 49 years old. Cops got a call around 10:42am on September 1, and went to his home. Police are still in preliminary stages of the investigation, Miami Beach Police Public Information Officer Ernesto Rodriguez told WPLG. 6 The DJ was 49 years old Credit: Getty Images The circumstances around his death were not immediately clear, TMZ reported. What was the sexual battery case? Morillo was arrested last month after he was accused of sexual battery. A woman claimed she was assaulted at his Miami Beach residence – which he denied. The victim alleged Morillo "made several advances towards her, some sexual in nature, but she refused all of his attempts." She added that she found an empty bed in the home to sleep in – and reported "waking up nude on the bed, with Mr. Morillo standing on the side of the bed also nude." 6 Morillo was accused of sexual battery and was set to appear in court on Friday Credit: The Mega Agency A rape kit tested positive for his DNA, and Morillo later turned himself in, WPLG reported. He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday. Did he have a girlfriend? Morillo did not have a known girlfriend at the time of his death, according to CelebsCouples. He was never engaged or married. What was his net worth? The DJ-producer has an estimated net worth of $9million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. 6 The DJ had an estimated net worth of $9million Credit: Getty Images - Getty 6 Morillo performs at LiFE Nightclub during the venue's grand opening on August 23, 2014 Credit: Getty Images Most read in Entertainment Latest DJ DEAD Award-winning 'I Like To Move It' DJ Erick Morillo found dead aged 49 TRAGIC PICS Mom holds bump in heartbreaking pic before she & unborn baby were 'gunned down' BRUTAL MURDER 'Vicious MS-13 gang lured girl, 16, to park & killed her before dumping body' SLUGGING OUT Moment two women brawl on floor of jet bridge delaying Delta flight WORST FEARS Mom screams 'MY KIDS' as 2 young boys are thrown from car & killed in hit-&-run PORN 'MONSTER' Ron Jeremy 'sexually assaulted girl, 15, at party & attacked sleeping woman' He began DJing at weddings and other local events in New York, and after taking professional courses, began working at night clubs. His 1993 hit single skyrocketed him on the charts, and he later joined other DJ's to form the management company Double Platinum. Morillo later began his own label, Subliminal records, Yahoo Finance reported.