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Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice dies at 53
July 26 2017, 10:30 | Perry Erickson
Fresh Kid Ice Cause of Death: How Did the 2 Live Crew Rapper Die?
Christopher "Fresh Kid Ice" Wong Won, a founding member of rap group 2 Live Crew, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, according to his agent. Kid Ice is a pioneer for Asian rap and was an influencial voice in hip hop along with his band members DJ Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee in the mid 1980s to early 90s.
'Dam! Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning! The three were later joined by Luther Campbell in 1990. 2 Live Crew's debut single, 1985's "Revelation", proved popular in Florida, so the troupe relocated to Miami.
Rapper Fresh Kid Ice has died aged 53 in a Miami hospital, it has been reported.
In 1988, shortly before the release of 2 Live Crew's sophomore album Move Somethin' in 1988, Fresh Kid was involved in a near fatal vehicle accident.
The rapper and his crew were active promoters for First Amendment Rights after their album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, was the first to be deemed legally obscene by government officials.
Fresh Kid previously addressed how being one of the first Asian rappers impacted his fans. The group was best known for their distinct sounds that came through the monster cuts "Banned in the USA" and "Me So Horny". Eventually, he went on to form his own label, Chinaman Records. Other people could be like, 'Damn, that could be me.
Fresh Kid Ice was the only 2 Live Crew member who appeared on all albums.
He released Freaky Chinese in 2004, which notably featured several appearances from Flo Rida before he hit song charts.
Fresh Kid Ice suffered strokes in 2008 and 2010. However, he retaught himself how to talk and walk before reuniting with Uncle Luke and Brother Marquis in 2012.