Fresh Kid Ice, 2 Live Crew Co-Founder, Dead At 53

Posted July 14, 2017

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!"

Fresh, born Chris Wong Won in Trinidad and Tobago, was renowned as one of the major rappers of Asian descent in hip-hop.

Fresh Kid Ice, whose birth name is Christopher Wong Won, was pronounced dead at a Miami hospital from an unknown medical condition, according to TMZ. The group was best known for their 1989 classic album As Nasty As They Wanna Be, which gained critical reception for its obscene language and content.

Fresh Kid Ice was the only member to appear on every 2 Live Crew album. He later left them to form his own label, Chinaman Records.

Won and Campbell were arrested in 1990 at a South Florida club after performing songs that a federal judge had deemed obscene.

He co-founded 2 Live Crew with DJ Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot) while still living in California but they relocated to Florida when their 1984 debut single "The Revelation" became a surprise hit there.

Fresh Kid was 53. The group's last record, The Real One, was released in 1998.

Before getting into music, Fresh Kid served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. The artist released his memoir, My Rise 2 Fame: The Tell All Autobiography of a Hip Hop Legend in 2015.

In an interview he gave the Miami New Times in 2014, Won said his group's music had value even if the authorities did not like it. He added, "We lost a legend". Right now, I see us right there with everyone else.

He was involved in a vehicle crash in 1988 and suffered a stroke on Thanksgiving in 2008. However, he retaught himself how to talk and walk before reuniting with Uncle Luke and Brother Marquis in 2012.