The founding member of 2 Live Crew, Fresh Kid Ice, has died at the age of 53.
According to TMZ, he died this morning, and it was confirmed by his manager that he'd been in the hospital for a "medical condition."
Chris Wong Won, Fresh Kid Ice's real name, helped pioneer a place for Asian rappers, and stirred up some controversy that lead to a First Amendment rights battle with the government for their song "As Nasty As They Wanna Be," which was deemed "obscene" according to TMZ.
He also founded his own record label, Chinaman Records.
There's starting to be condolences tweeted out to Fresh Kid Ice's family, and we will keep you updated once we find out the cause of death and any other arising information.
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
Dam! Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning! RIP ????????
Miami, we lost another legend this morning. Hip-Hop wouldn't be as nasty as it is today w/o Fresh Kid Ice of @theofficial2livecrew. #RIP
RIP to legend #FreshKidIce ???? #2LiveCrew