Erick Morillo, ‘I Like to Move It’ DJ, Died From Ketamine Overdose
Two months after his mysterious passing, DJ Erick Morillo’s cause of death has been revealed to be due to an accidental ketamine overdose. The music artist, who was best known for the hit song “I Like to Move It,” had checked into rehab three times due to his struggle with addiction to the drug.
A Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office released a coroner’s report that outlined toxicity levels in Morillo’s blood, due to the high levels of ketamine in his system, most likely stemming from his addiction.
In a 2017 interview with Skiddle, Morillo spoke on his struggles. “I went to rehab three times, and even after all three, I never gave up alcohol,” said the late DJ. “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.”
“It was a scary thing because you think life is going to be boring then. What’s life going to be like if I can’t drink and if I can’t go to a place where there’s drinking?” said Morillo. “You stop worrying about the future, and you start focusing on the right now. So, the beginning of being completely sober was the hardest part. Once I had six months under my belt, it was very easy.”
While the DJ had claimed to be seeking help and was trying to stay out of trouble, allegations of rape were made against him by a fellow music producer. He was arrested after turning himself in on August 6 on rape charges. The matter did not reach the courts by the time of his death.