Erick Morillo, 49, DJ behind hit I Like to Move It, found dead

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  • DJ Erick Morillo, also known as Reel 2 Real, was found dead in Miami Beach.
  • He was best known for the nineties smash hit I Like To Move It.
  • Morillo died just days before he was due in court for a sexual battery charge.

Erick Morillo, the DJ known for the nineties-era smash I Like To Move It, was found dead Tuesday in Miami Beach. He was 49 years old.

Police responded to a 911 call Tuesday morning, a spokesperson told AFP, who said detectives did not observe "apparent signs of foul play".

Morillo died just days before he was due in court for a sexual battery charge.

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death, police said.

Born in 1971 in New York and raised between Colombia and New Jersey, Morillo became known under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real and dropped the hit I Like to Move It in 1993.

The song was a collaboration with the Trinidadian singer The Mad Stuntman - born Mark Quashie - and became an iconic Eurodance song with ragga vocals, a subgenre of dancehall and reggae.

A massive hit particularly across Europe, the song had a resurgence in 2005 when it was featured in the animated film Madagascar featuring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Following the dissolution of Reel 2 Real, Morillo had a successful DJ career under a number of pseudonyms, and was known particularly for his contributions to the house genre.

He was expected in court Friday, accused of making unwanted sexual advances towards a woman when they were having drinks.

The woman said she woke up naked and Morillo, also nude, was next to her in the bed.

The late DJ originally denied the accusations but turned himself in after the results of a rape kit matched his DNA.

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