TMZ confirmed Legendary breakdancer Adolfo Quinones has died at age 65 on Wednesday 30th December.
The sad news came as a shock as only a day prior, Shabba-Doo took to Instagram to announce he is feeling much better and had tested negative for Covid-19.
The caption read: “Good news y’all!
I’m feeling all better. I’m just a wee bit sluggish from my cold, but the good news is I’m Covid 19 negative! Woo hoo!!!
I awoke this morning to a gift from my pal, George “DJ 360MIX” Jett! Thanks man!
Anyway, I’m excited. Lots of catching up to do. Let’s gooo!
Thank you to everyone for your kind, sweet, and loving get well wishes and thoughts.
Oh, I didn’t sleep in my beanie and glasses, lol, I donned them cause my vanity kicked in and didn’t want you to see my bed head, and crusty eyes, haha… Have a great day peeps. 🤗🙏🏽🕊
#covidwarrior #covidscare #lol
The official news broke when fellow dance mate and friend, Toni Basil shared the news on Twitter.
“It is with extreme sadness The Lockers family announces the unexpected passing of our beloved Adolfo Shabba-doo Quinones,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories. “In this difficult time we are requesting privacy.”
— Toni Basil (@Toni_Basil) December 30, 2020
Quiñones rose to popularity in the 1980s becoming one of the most popular break dancers on the West Coast. He was recognized for helping pioneer and popularize the acrobatic pop-locking form of breakdancing and was a founding member of The Original Lockers who helped further pioneer the technique.
We’ve just learned the passing of Shabba Doo. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. His influence in this dance community from Breakin movies as Ozone to the underground scene, blessed so many #RIPShabbaDoo pic.twitter.com/5EEIWhx8Zp
— Step x Step (@stepxstepdance) December 30, 2020
Starring in the 1984 cult-classic breakdancing film Breakin’ and its sequel, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo, Shabba-Doo has left a legacy worth leaving and breakdancers all around the globe will mourn his death.
To remember the legend, BET shared a recent interview with Shabba-Doo on Instagram.
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Rest In Power Shabba-Doo. You will be missed!