Live Crew co-founder Fresh Kid Ice has passed away

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2 Live Crew co-founder Christopher Wong Won has died at the age of 53, according to former group member and manager Luther Campbell.

Fresh Kid Ice was widely regarded as one of the first major Asian rappers in the United States when he and 2 Live Crew burst into the Miami hip hop scene in the mid-1980s.

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.

Campbell tweeted: "People we lost a legend".

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Rick Ross, Juicy J and Luther Campbell have since posted touching messages to Chris. 2 Live Crew's debut single, 1985's "Revelation", proved popular in Florida, so the troupe relocated to Miami. Even before the controversy over As Nasty As they Wanna Be, authorities were cracking down on record store clerks for selling 2 Live Crew albums, although the charges never stuck. He continued to perform as a solo artist and launched his own label, Chinaman Records. Other people could be like, 'Damn, that could be me.

Fresh Kid Ice was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Brooklyn. He rapped on both of 2.L.C.'s Top 40 hits, 1989's "Me So Horny" and the lead verse on 1990's "Banned In The U.S.A".

Fresh Kid previously addressed how being one of the first Asian rappers impacted his fans.

He is also credited with being an early mentor to Flo Rida, who extensively appeared on Ice's 2004 Freaky Chinese album. In 2008 he suffered a stroke and then another in 2010, according to Rolling Stone.

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