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2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice dies

Luther Campbell announces bandmate's death on Twitter

2 Live Crew member Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs), second from right, speaks to reporters Oct. 3, 1990, while being joined by fellow group members, Brother Marquis, second from left; Fresh Kid Ice, right, and J.T. Money, far left, of the group Poison Clan.
2 Live Crew member Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs), second from right, speaks to reporters Oct. 3, 1990, while being joined by fellow group members, Brother Marquis, second from left; Fresh Kid Ice, right, and J.T. Money, far left, of the group Poison Clan.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Christopher Wong Won, a founding member of the Miami rap group 2 Live Crew, has died, fellow rapper and lead vocalist Luther Campbell said Thursday on Twitter.

Won, 53, is better known by his stage name Fresh Kid Ice.

TMZ is reporting that Won died Thursday morning at a Miami hospital. A cause of death was not revealed.

2 Live Crew burst into the Miami hip-hop scene in the mid-1980s and polarized listeners with the band's sexually explicit lyrics.

The group, which Fresh Kid Ice helped form with fellow artists Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot), became a household name after Campbell lured them (minus Vielot) to Miami and signed them to a record deal.

Brother Marquis (Mark Ross) joined the group for their debut album, "The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are."

This 1990 photograph shows rap group 2 Live Crew's album cover, "As Nasty as They Wanna Be."
This 1990 photograph shows rap group 2 Live Crew's album cover, "As Nasty as They Wanna Be."

"As Nasty As They Wanna Be," released in 1989, became the first album to ever be deemed legally obscene by the U.S. government.

Won and Campbell made headlines after their June 1990 arrest in Hollywood after a performance at the Futura Club. Their arrests came three days after a federal judge ruled that the 2 Live Crew's third studio album was obscene, making it illegal to sell the record in South Florida.