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DJ, Erick Morillo, who was well known for the nineties-era smash hit song I Like To Move It, was reported dead on Tuesday.

Morilla was born in 1971 in New York, and was raised between Colombia and New Jersey. He became known in the public eye as Reel 2 Real when he dropped the hit I Like to Move It in 1993, which is as well known as the iconic Eurodance song, with ragga vocals, a subgenre of dancehall and reggae.

The hit song was a collaboration between Morillo and the Trinidadian singer, The Mad Stuntman. The song quickly became a massive hit and was featured in the animated film Madagascar in 2005.

Morillo had a successful DJ career under a number of pseudonyms, but was known particularly for his contributions to the house genre.

The 49-year-old Dj was found dead in Miami Beach when police arrived on scene after responding to a 911 call Tuesday morning.

According to a spokesperson who told AFP, the detectives on scene did not observe "apparent signs of foul play".

Morillo was found dead only a few days before he was due to appear in court for a sexual battery charge. He was expected in court on Friday in a case where he was accused of making unwanted sexual advances towards a woman when they were having drinks.

The woman accused Morillo after she woke up naked next to Morillo who was also nude next to her.

Originally Morillo first denied the accusations and pleaded not guilty, but after the results of a rape kit matched the Dj’s DNA, he turned himself in.

Police confirmed that the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office is still due to determine the cause of death.

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