NYC Dance Legend Voodoo Ray Dies

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R.I.P.

New York City’s own Voodoo Ray has passed away. The dancing legend, who was well-known both in nightlife and hip-hop circles, died at the age of 50. While no cause of death has been revealed, friends and family of the frequent music video standout took to social media to send condolences and share their feelings of loss.

Before we get to that, it’s worth it to see the astounding number of appearances the dancer made in videos we all loved. XXL posted a pretty great run-down of the world-famous videos that featured Ray’s fancy footwork.

Via XXL:

“Throughout his career, Ray, born name Raymond Ultarte, showcased his top-tier footwork in visuals for some of the biggest musicians in the world, including the likes of JAY-Z (‘Sunshine’), MC Lyte (‘Ice Cream Dream’), Run-DMC (‘It’s Like That’), Mariah Carey (‘Honey,’ ‘The Roof’), Wyclef Jean (‘Trying to Stay Alive,’ ‘Pussycat’), Backstreet Boys (‘Larger Than Life’), Black Moon (‘Two Turntables & a Mic’), Bounty Killer (‘It’s a Party’), Rah Digga (‘Party and Bullshit’), Nikki D (‘Wasted’), Busta Rhymes (‘Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See’), Cuban Link (‘Scandalous’), Doug E. Fresh (‘Busting Out’), Monie Love (‘Born 2 B.R.E.E.D.’) and more.”

That would be a stunning resume on its own, but he also facilitated key parts of New York nightlife by booking DJs and helping to run legendary club nights. With DJ Tony Touch, the dancer formerly known as Boogie Ray ran the much-loved Funkbox party in New York.

His influence and large circle of friends was evident in the response to news. Tony Touch posted a blacked out image to Instagram with no caption to express his grief over the news of his close friend’s passing, but he was far from the only person to express loss over the heartbreaking news.

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Source: Instagram @mrvodooray

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