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Dance pioneer Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones passes away

He was 65 years old.

Adolfo Quinones Guillermo Proano/

Legendary dancer Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones has passed away at the age of 65, according to multiple reports.

Early Wednesday (Dec. 30), Tony Basil, co-founder of The Original Lockers, announced the sad news through a Twitter post. “It is with extreme sadness The Lockers family announces the unexpected passing of our beloved Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo’ Quinones. In this difficult time, we are requesting privacy,” he wrote.

Quinones, who founded the The Original Lockers, was best known for his pop locking skills in the 1984 film Breakin’ and the sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. He choreographed for artists such as Madonna, Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie and Three 6 Mafia.

His cause of death has not been announced. Fans took to Twitter to share their condolences after hearing about the tragic news. The Twitter account for the film Bloodsucka Jones tweeted that Quinones was set to appear in the movie’s third installment.

“Very sad to hear that Adolfo Quinones aka ‘Shabba Doo’ has passed away,” the page tweeted. “He was set to appear in Bloodsucka Jones 2, but moved his character to part 3 to make it a little bigger and the script was almost done. Was a huge fan of his. He was a legend. #ripshabbadoo.”

Just a day before his death was announced, Quinones took to Instagram to announce that he had been feeling better and had tested negative for COVID-19. “Good news y’all!” he captioned a photo of himself smiling in bed. “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!!!”

He continued, “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.”

The REVOLT team would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Quinones’ family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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