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American DJ Casper aka ‘Cha Cha slide’ dies – Cause of death & final interview explored

Exploring the death of DJ Casper, The creator of the popular song “Cha Cha Slide” passed away at the age of 58. The singer passed away on August 7 and left behind a legacy of musical dance moves that are still frequently heard at gyms, weddings, and bar dance floors.

The song was initially composed in 1998 under the name “Casper Slide Pt 1” with the intention of using it as an aerobic track for his nephew, a personal trainer, and to play it in his fitness class.

The Chicago-based musician, whose real name was Willie Perry Jr., then updated the song as “Casper Slide Pt 2” under Casper’s stage name, Mr. C the Slide Man, and the catchy track quickly became well-known all over the world.

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How did DJ Casper die?

On Monday evening, the musician’s wife, Kim, told that Casper who has battled kidney and liver cancer for the past seven years succumbed to the disease on Monday morning.The singer has previously reflected on his battle with cancer.

 DJ Casper
DJ Casper

“They diagnosed me in 2016 with two kinds of cancer, which is renal and Neuroendocrine, which is kidney and liver,” said Casper. “They went in to try to do surgery, and they found out the kidney was connected to the main artery, so they decided not to do it and just treat it,” he added.

Talking about his weight loss and trouble eating, Casper said, “I used to weigh 236 pounds, and I think I’m about 60 pounds less,” and added, “If you know me, you know I’m not going to stop. I’m going to continue to go. I’m going to continue to go until I can’t go.”

According to Guardian, Casper also faced health struggles at the age of 22 when he had a brain aneurysm and underwent eye surgery for his detached retinas. In 2019, the singer updated that his cancer was in remission but the disease later returned.

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Casper’s final interview

In his final interview in May, DJ Casper told ABC7 about how ‘Cha Cha Slide’ receiving international acclaim was unexpected. “When I first did it, I did it as an aerobic exercise for my nephew at Bally’s. From there, it just took off. Elroy Smith from WGCI grabbed ahold of it,” said Casper.

“I have one of the biggest songs that played at all stadiums: hockey, basketball, football, baseball; they played it at the Olympics,” the musician said of his song being a favorite at different events all over the world. “It was something that everybody could do,” he said.

 

Offering words of encouragement to others struggling with cancer, Casper said in May that, “Anybody that’s going through cancer, know that you have cancer and cancer does not have you. So, keep on doing the ‘Cha Cha Slide.’ “

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