DJ Erick Morillo of I Like to Move it fame, dies aged 49

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DJ Erick Morillo, famed for his 1993 hit I Like To Move It, has died aged 49.

Police confirmed the world-renowned musician was found dead at a property in Miami Beach, Florida on Tuesday morning.

The veteran DJ's death comes less than a month after he was reportedly arrested and charged with sexual battery on a woman.

The alleged incident is said to have happened at Morillo's home in Miami Beach in December 2019.

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Officer Ernesto Rodriguez of the Miami Beach Police Department told the PA news agency police had received an emergency call on Tuesday morning. He added: "Detectives are currently on scene and in the preliminary stages of the investigation."

Following his death, Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D was among those paying tribute on social media.

He tweeted: "Sad News 🙁 A True Legend. Erick Morillo RIP."

Musician Yousef said: "Can’t believe it. Only spoke to him last week …. he was troubled, less than perfect but was always amazing to me and helped us get circus going in the early days, and we had many amazing times over the 20 years we we’re friends. Genuinely gutted. RIP @ErickMorillo."

Morillo was born in New York and spent part of his childhood in Colombia before returning to the US, where he began his career.

I Like To Move It, which Morillo released under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real, was an international hit and has appeared in other media - most notably the Madagascar animated film franchise.

Morillo was a three-time winner of the best house DJ prize at the DJ Awards and also won best international DJ in 2002, 2006 and 2009.