‘Breakin’ Star Shabba Doo Adolfo Quiñones Dead at 65

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The heartbreaking news has reached us that Breakin’ and The Lockers star Shabba-Doo Adolfo Quiñones has died at the age of sixty-five.

Shabba-Doo came from a Puerto Rican and African-American family and was raised solely by his mother, who was a single mom.

Quiñones first broke into show business as a member of TV’s Soul Train Gang.

In a 1984 interview with the Sarasota Sun-Herald, he recalled moving to California with his mom when he was sixteen, and how he would hitchhike from their home in Anaheim to Hollywood for fourteen-hour filming sessions of Soul Train. “They couldn’t keep me out of there,” he said. “I’d get there at 7 in the morning and not leave till almost ten at night.”

He then became a member of The Original Lockers along with Don “Campbellock” Campbell, Fred “Rerun” Berry, and Toni Basil…

Which is what turned Quiñones into an innovator of the dance style commonly known as “locking.”

His best-known role was as Ozone in the 1984 hit cult film, Breakin’

As well as in its sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Quiñones also appeared in Rave – Dancing to a Different Beat, which he also directed.

As well as being a primary dancer and main choreographer for Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? tour in 1987.

And although earlier in the week he updated fans of his negative COVID test, the star was pronounced dead yesterday.

— Toni Basil (@Toni_Basil) 1609344037.0

And Toni Basil, who co-founded The Lockers, issued this heartfelt statement: “It is with extreme sadness The Lockers family announces the unexpected passing of our beloved Adolfo Shabba-Doo Quiñones. In this difficult time we are requesting privacy.”

But his tragic death isn’t thought to be suspicious.

Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. For more on stars we’ve sadly lost this year, scroll on.