Dance Legend Adolfo 'Shabba Doo' Quiñones Has Passed Away

Actor and dance legend Adolfo 'Shabba Doo' Quiñones, most well known as the character of Ozone from 'Breakin,' has died.


Dec. 31 2020, Published 12:37 p.m. ET

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If you like dance and the 1980s, there's a chance you've seen Breakin'. The film was inspired by a documentary titled Breakin' 'n' Enterin' set in the hip hop club Radio-Tron. One of the most famous dancers in the film was Adolfo Quiñones, aka 'Shabba Doo,' who played Ozone. After a recent announcement from his close friend Toni Basil, fans have been wondering what happened to this legend. Unfortunately, it appears that Adolfo has passed away.  

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What was the cause of Adolfo's death?

The last post to Adolfo's Instagram indicated that he was tested negative for COVID-19 but was feeling under the weather. Reports of his death have not indicated whether he had passed away from COVID-19.

It is too soon after Adolfo's passing to indicate what his actual cause of death was, but his early demise at such a young age is certainly a reason for concern. At this time, fans are encouraged to wait until the family is ready to discuss this tragedy before making assumptions. Adolfo will be missed, as he was an incredibly talented creative spirit. 

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Adolfo had an incredible career.

Aside from Breakin', Adolfo appeared in several TV shows including, but not limited to,The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Married … with Children, Miami Vice, What’s Happening!!, Saturday Night Live, and Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure. He toured with and choreographed dances for the likes of Madonna, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, and Three 6 Mafia. 

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In June 2020, there was a cast reunion for Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, where the cast members were encouraged to reflect upon the legacy of the cult classic. Adolfo said at the virtual event staged by Yahoo Entertainment, "I didn’t particularly care for Breakin’ 2." He also hinted that a third film was in the works. “In today’s world, the king of street dancing should be a woman, first of all. … We hope to not recapture what we did before but do something much greater.”

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In a 1987 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Adolfo indicated that his love of dance began when he was very young. "Just at parties and things... My mom used to throw me out there like a fighting chicken. 'Go out there and dance for Mom,' she'd say...That's how it all started."

He got his start in show business on Soul Train. Following the success of his stint on Soul Train with the dancing group The Lockers, Adolfo toured with Bette Midler. But his big break really happened with Breakin'. He indicated that success wasn't always an easy path and that he was actually injured on the Breakin' set, shattering his wrist. 

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Adolfo's memory will be preserved with his incredible talent, dedication to his craft, and the sheer creativity he brought to the world of dance. Superstars and average Joes alike are thankful for his contributions to pop culture and entertainment. Fans can only wish for the best for his family. 

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