Fresh Kid Ice of 2 Live Crew, the iconic hip-hop group that battled obscenity charges, has died at 53, according to a tweet from his former manager Luther Campbell.
“People we lost a legend,” Campbell tweeted.
My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend
— Luther Luke Campbell (@unclelukereal1) July 13, 2017
He died in a Miami hospital after suffering an undisclosed medical condition, TMZ reported, citing his manager.
Fresh Kid, whose real name was Chris Wong Won, was one of the founding members of the group, along with Yuri Vielot, known as Amazing Vee, and David Hobbs, known as DJ Mr. Mixx.
The group was founded in California in the mid-’80s, while Wong Won was serving in the Air Force. After the group relocated to Miami, they lost Hobbs, but gained Mark Ross, “Brother Marquis,” and local rapper Luther Campbell. Campbell gave the group a record deal, served as their manager and rapped under the name Luke Skyywalker.
In June of 1990 Wong Won and Campbell were arrested at Club Futura in Hollywood after performing songs from the album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” which a judge ruled violated federal obscenity laws. A Broward record store owner was also jailed for selling the album to an undercover cop. The obscenity ruling was eventually overturned and the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal. The notoriety helped the “banned” album to reach Certified Double Platinum status.