On July 13th, one of the founding members of the hip-hop group, 2 Live Crew, Fresh Kid Ice, passed away confirms TMZ. Fresh Kid Ice, who was born Chris Wong Won, was declared dead at 7:50 a.m. on July 13 in a Miami hospital "after suffering from an unnamed medical condition," his manager told TMZ. He was just 53 years old.
The details surrounding his death are unknown, as is how long he was in the hospital before he passed away. Hollywood Life says the hip-hop star "was known for being a pioneer for Asians in rap music, and he also played a part in discovering the 2000s well-known rapper, Flo Rida."
Won was born in Trinidad & Tobago, and he immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12 years old. He was not only a rap singer, but also a member of the armed forces. After graduating high school in 1982, he immediately joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years.
In the past, he has suffered medical issues. He had a car accident in 1988 that almost killed him. He also had a series of strokes: in 2008 and 2010. After the second stroke, he had to teach himself to walk and talk again. Hollywood Life says it has not been confirmed if another stroke is what caused his death at the early age of 53.
His friend and fellow 2 Live Crew member, Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell, reached out on Twitter this morning to offer his condolences. He wrote, "My condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Won Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend."
Others on Twitter are also mourning his loss.
Please pray for Fresh Kid Ice and all those who mourn his passing.