DJ Casper Cause of Death: How Did Cha Cha Slide Hitmaker Died

, the US musician who had an enduring worldwide hit with Cha Cha Slide, has died aged 58. He had been diagnosed with kidney and liver cancer in 2016, and died from the illness.

Born Willie Perry Jr in Chicago where he continued to live, Casper created Cha Cha Slide in 1998 as a musical exercise routine for his personal trainer nephew, and its popularity began to snowball in the Chicago area.

The song was signed locally, then by a major label, taking it to an international stage. With its line-dancing routine and upbeat commands from Casper (who released it as Mr C the Slide Man), it became a favourite at weddings, children's parties, sports events and more.

A slow-burn success, it caught on around the US in 2001 and became a minor chart hit (reaching number 83) before arriving in Ireland and the UK in 2004, reaching number three and number one respectively. Casper also released an accompanying album, Cha-Cha Slide: The Original Slide Album.

Casper had already overcome earlier health struggles including a brain aneurysm aged 22 and eye surgery for detached retinas. He announced in 2019 that his cancer was in remission, but it later returned.

He recently told Chicago's ABC7 news channel: “Anybody that's going through cancer, know that you have cancer and cancer does not have you.” – Guardian

Show More

Alamu Tosin

The writer is Alamu Tosin. I have three strong passions in life — football, blogging and movies — in that order. I love spending time with friends talking about the important things in life and hate nothing more than ‘authority’ and hypocrisy. My personal believe in life is that once an individual sets his/her mind to achieve something, it is totally possible. And oh!, I am a strong Lannister, because I always pay my debt. For writing or fixing gigs, contact [email protected].