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'I like to Move It' DJ Erick Morillo's Cause of Death Revealed 2 Months after He Passed Away

Odette Odendaal
Nov 18, 2020
02:00 A.M.
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The American-Colombian DJ Erick Morillo, best known for his single "I Like to Move It," passed away two months ago, and authorities just released the cause of death.

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With Erick Morillo's death still being investigated by Miami Beach police, authorities revealed what caused the 15-time award-nominated DJ's demise shortly after his arrest for sexual battery.

Morillo shot to fame in 1993, when his hit song "I Like to Move It" shot into the charts worldwide, but he also struggled with sobriety, one he opened up about in 2017.

DJ Erick Morillo visits SiriusXM Studio on October 27, 2016, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.

DJ Erick Morillo visits SiriusXM Studio on October 27, 2016, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.

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WHEN HE DIED

Early in August, reports surfaced that Morilla pled not guilty after being arrested for alleged sexual battery against a woman while at his residence in Miami Beach in December 2019. A month later, news of his death shocked through the entertainment industry.

On September 1, Miami Beach police responded to a 911 call reportedly placed around 10:40 am. Upon arrival, authorities found Morillo, who worked under the name Reel 2 Real, dead at his Miami home without a clear cause of death.

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CAUSE OF DEATH

Now, more than two months later, the Miami-Dade medical examiner shared that the famous 1990's DJ died accidentally from acute ketamine toxicity. He was 49.

Hailing from New York, Morillo spent his first decade as a child in Cartagena, Columbia, before he went back to America with his mom and sister, Sheila, at the age of 11.

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HIS STRUGGLES WITH SOBRIETY

During an interview in 2017, Morillo shared that he went to rehab three times attempting to kick his addiction to alcohol and ketamine. However, giving up alcohol turned into a difficult habit to kick.

"That was what seemed to keep pulling me under. So, besides the fact that I hurt so many people, I think the most difficult part was coming to the realization that I was going to have to go completely sober," Morillo reportedly said.

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The music industry mourned the recent loss of another iconic figure.

Once Morillo stopped worrying about days to come and turned his focus to the present, his battle against addiction became much easier. He found the first six months of sobriety the hardest, but once he passed that mark, it was "very easy" for him to stick to sober habits.

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THE LOSS OF A LEGEND

Relatedly, the music industry mourned the recent loss of another iconic figure. Best known for his hit song "I Don't Call Him Daddy," country star Doug Supernaw died at 60.

Following a battle with cancer, the country singer who released four albums and a collection re-recording from 1993 until 2017, passed on November 13 while at his home in Texas.

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