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Lindsay Kimble
July 13, 2017 12:45 PM

Founding 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice has died,  his manager confirmed to multiple outlets Thursday. He was 53.

Ice — whose real name was Chris Wong Won — died at 7:50 a.m. local time in Miami, Florida, on Thursday from an undisclosed medical condition, his manager said, declining to elaborate. Ice had previously suffered two strokes, one in 2008 and one in 2010.

The group’s Luther Campbell also confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “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.”

Ice, widely recognized as the first prominent Asian rapper, was famously arrested in Florida for performing tracks from 2 Live Crew’s hit third album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be, in 1990 at a club. The album was dubbed legally obscene and the trial that followed made headlines and kicked off a national debate. Ice and bandmates Brother Marquis and Campbell were later acquitted.

Fresh Kid Ice (second from left) with 2 Live Crew in 1989
Founding 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice has died,  his manager confirmed to multiple outlets Thursday. He was 53. Ice — whose real name was Chris Wong Won — died at 7:50 a.m. local time in Miami, Florida, on Thursday from an undisclosed medical condition, his manager said, declining to elaborate. Ice had previously suffered two strokes, one in 2008 and one in 2010. The group's Luther Campbell also confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "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." https://twitter.com/unclelukereal1/status/885474003321847808 Ice, widely recognized as the first prominent Asian rapper, was famously arrested in Florida for performing tracks from 2 Live Crew's hit third album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be, in 1990 at a club. The album was dubbed legally obscene and the trial that followed made headlines and kicked off a national debate. Ice and bandmates Brother Marquis and Campbell were later acquitted. [caption width="300" id="attachment_5829040" align="alignnone"] Fresh Kid Ice (second from left) with 2 Live Crew in 1989[/caption]After leaving the group, Ice went on to found his own label Chinaman Records., and is credited with discovering Flo Rida. Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ice, with rapper Rick Ross writing, "Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning! RIP." https://twitter.com/RickRoss/status/885480642380804096 https://www.instagram.com/p/BWfNcgrggc2/ https://twitter.com/jermainedupri/status/885517364057579520 https://twitter.com/therealjuicyj/status/885514453940224000 https://twitter.com/FlavorFlav/status/885552229494562816 https://twitter.com/MrChuckD/status/885601040141139968 Wrote Juicy J, "R.I.P. Fresh Kid Ice we lost another legend prayers up for his family."

After leaving the group, Ice went on to found his own label Chinaman Records., and is credited with discovering Flo Rida.

Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ice, with rapper Rick Ross writing, “Just got call we lost 2 Live crew legend Fresh Kid Ice this morning! RIP.”

Legend ! 🙏🏽

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Wrote Juicy J, “R.I.P. Fresh Kid Ice we lost another legend prayers up for his family.”

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