Known as the Godfather of Street Dance, Shabba-Doo was an actor, dancer, and choreographer perhaps best known for his role as Orlando “Ozone” in the 1984 hit cult breakdancing film Breakin’ and the sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
In his last Instagram post, a day before his death, the actor posted an image of him lying in bed. He gave fans an update on a cold that he was recovering from. The actor revealed, although he was under the weather, he was COVID-19 negative and feeling better.
“Good new y’all! I’m feeling all better. I’m just a wee bit sluggish from my cold, but the good news is I’m COVID-19 negative! Woo hoo,” the actor captioned under the post. “I awoke this morning to a gift from my pal, George ‘DJ 360MIX’ Jett! Thanks man! Anyway, I’m excited lots of catching up to do. Let’s gooo! Thank you to everyone for your kind, sweet, and loving get well wishes and thoughts. Oh, I didn’t sleep in my beanie and glasses, lol, I donned them cause my vanity kicked in and didn’t want you to see my bed head, and crusty eyes, haha… Have a great day peeps.”
“R.I.P. John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of the legendary rap group Whodini,” he wrote under an image of the group. “I have nothing but fond memories of you brother, while touring the States back in the mid-1980s on the Fresh Tour!”
Fond memories indeed, the 1980s brought rap music, boom boxes, bright clothes, dance battles, and more. And, Breakin’ was a film that captured the essence of it all. Weeks before Shabba-Doo’s untimely death, his co-star and best friend in the film, Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers, posted a throwback image of them on the set of Breakin’ alongside the late boxing legend Muhamed Ali.
Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo’ Quiñones’ cause of death has yet to be announced. He died in his home.
Things You May Not Have Known About ‘Shabba-Doo’:
1) Connection to Fred “Rerun” Berry
Aside from his classic performance in the Breakin’ films, Shabba-Doo was a member of The Original Lockers which included famed actor Fred “Rerun” Berry, Don “Campbellock” Campbell, and Toni Basil. Shabba-Doo was noted as one of the innovators of the dance style locking.
2) Married to a Hollywood Actress
Shabba-Doo was married to actress Lela Rochon from 1982-1987. The two didn’t have any kids together.