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Erick Morillo’s death ruled accidental

By | Published on Friday 16 October 2020

Erick Morillo

The death of DJ and producer Erick Morillo has been judged to be the result of an accidental overdose in a preliminary report by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

According to Mixmag, the report lists the cause of death as “acute ketamine toxicity”, with MDMA and cocaine also listed as contributing factors. The final report is set for publication later this month.

Morillo was found dead at his Florida home last month. He had been due to appear in court later the same week on sexual battery charges.

He was accused of assaulting another DJ at his home last December after they both performed at a private party in Miami. He initially denied the accusation but turned himself in to police after DNA evidence supported his accuser’s allegations. He was formally charged in August.

Following his death, Mixmag spoke to ten more women who said that they had been sexually assaulted by Morillo, with accusations spanning nearly 30 years. The conversation around this prompted a wider discussion about the safety of women in the dance music industry, with accusations made about other male DJs.

This conversation also resulted in techno DJ Rebekah launching a campaign called #ForTheMusic, calling on the dance music industry to make changes to ensure that more is done to combat sexual harassment and assault.