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Questlove, DJ Premier, Just Blaze And More React To Death Of Legendary Hip-Hop Dancer Voodoo Ray

Photo Credit: John Rich

Legendary New York City hip-hop dancer Voodoo Ray has passed away at the age of 50. John Rich, a friend of Ray’s, confirmed that the dancer had died Tuesday via Facebook.

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“I’m so sorry to say that class and practice will be canceled tomorrow due to the sudden loss of a great dear friend Rest in Paradise my brother Mr. Voodoo Ray,” Ray wrote. “Life is short love everyone as much as you can because it might be the last moment with them.”

The details of his death have yet to be revealed.

Born Raymond Ultarte, Ray showcased his incredible footwork in music videos for artists such as RUN-DMC, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, MC Lyte, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean, Backstreet Boys, Doug E. Fresh, Black Moon, and others. Ray was also an integral part of the New York nightlife scene, hosting the famous Funkbox parties alongside DJ Tony Touch.

A number of artists paid their respects including DJ Premier, DJ Mister Cee, and Questlove.

“I literally just got news from Toca that Voodoo Ray has passed… I Told Tony Don’t Shut It Down!!! Let’s Celebrate His Life R.I.P. Ray,” Premier wrote on Twitter.

“He Was The Coolest Dude You Would Ever Know. He Always Had A Smile On His Face. His Love For Music Was Impeccable,” DJ Mister Cee wrote on Instagram. The DJ also recounted the last time he saw Ray, having DJ’d for his 50th birthday party back in April.

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Rest In Peace To A Very Good Dude Voodoo Ray @mrvoodooray Ray Along With Tony Touch @djtonytouch & Danny Castro @dcashflow74 Gave So Many Of Us DJ’s In NYC An Opportunity To DJ @ They Toca Tues & Funkbox Parties. But Beyond That He Was The Coolest Dude You Would Ever Know. He Always Had A Smile On His Face. His Love For Music Was Impeccable. The Last Time I Saw Ray Was @ His 50th Bday Party In April @ Toca Tues @ Cielo In Manhattan. Rakim Was Scheduled To Come To His 50th Bday Bash But He Couldn’t Make It So Rakim Mgr & Danny Castro Asked Me Would I Come Do A DJ Set To Cover For Rakim. When They Told Me It Was Ray’s 50th Bday I Told Them I Would Most Definitely Do It. When I Started DJ’in @ The Club That Nite I Kept Saying On The Mic “RAY YOU CANNOT BE 50YRS OLD” Ray Came To The Booth & Said “YEAH CEE I’M REALLY 50” This Was The Last Pic We Took Together Which Was @ My 50th Bday Bash @ Cielo In Manhattan In August Of 2016. As You Can See Ray Does Not Look 50!!!! He Looks Young & Vibrant. I’m So Glad That I Was Able To Be There For His Last Bday In Physical Form!!! GODSPEED TO VOODOO RAY!!!! YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED!!!!! TONY TOUCH & DANNY CASTRO STAY STRONG!!!!

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