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.
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
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."
"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.