Erick Morillo Found Dead in Miami Beach

The international house music DJ and producer was 49.

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Sept 1, 2020
Beatport staff

Erick Morillo was found dead on Tuesday, September 1st, at his Miami Beach residence

Officers responded to a 911 call to him home at 10:42 AM this morning. Detectives are currently in the preliminary stages of their investigation as the circumstances surrounding his death are currently unclear.

The platinum-selling artist, who worked under a slew of monikers such as Ministers de la Funk, The Dronez, RAW, Smooth Touch, RBM, Deep Soul, and Reel 2 Real, was best known for global dance music hits such as “I Like To Move It,” “Do What You Want,” and “Bang.” His Subliminal Records imprint churned out chart-topping tracks such as “Fun” by Da Mob and other championed dance floor tunes from artists such as Harry Romero, Axwell, and Eddie Thoneick.

Erick Morillo secured three DJ Awards for “Best House DJ” in 1998, 2001, and 2003 and was awarded “Best International DJ” in 2002, 2006, and 2009.

In August of this year, Morillo was arrested and charged with sexual battery. The charges came after his accuser told authorities that both she and the Morillo were DJing a private party on Star Island in Miami Beach when Morillo invited her back to his home along with another woman. After refusing “several advances” that Morillo made towards her, some of which were “sexual in nature,” the woman says she later woke up “nude on the bed, with Mr. Morillo standing on the side of the bed also nude,” according to the arrest report.

Morillo denied all accusations initially, but he eventually turned himself in on August 6th, 2020. He was scheduled for a court hearing on Friday.

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