DJ Casper: Cha-Cha Slide hitmaker dies aged 58

DJ Casper, best known for the hugely successful dance hit the Cha-Cha Slide has died aged 58, his family confirmed.

The US MC and songwriter, real name Willie Perry Jr, topped the UK singles chart with the song in 2004.

The Chicago-born star, who also created its accompanying dance, had been diagnosed with kidney and liver cancer in 2016 and had had treatment.

His death was confirmed to Chicago TV station ABC7 on Tuesday by his wife Kim.

Despite being released nearly two decades ago, the song has remained a firm favourite at birthday parties and school and wedding discos.

First released in 2000, DJ Kasper created a second version after the song grew in popularity.

The track, also known as Casper Slide Part 2, became an international success.

He once noted how he had created the original as an aerobic exercise for his nephew.


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