Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at what’s happened the past 7 days and what was trending on Twitter with the Maritime Hashtag Minute.
This week’s #MaritimeHashtagMinute was is #DJCasper (real name William Perry Jr.), the artist behind the mega-hit Cha Cha Slide – the 58 year-old passed away after battling kidney and liver cancer since being diagnosed in 2016. View the Tweets below:
#DJCasper legendary creator of the #ChaChaSlide has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Sending our love to the man whose music is a staple at every Black family function. 🕊️🙏🏿 #RIPDJCasper 🎵🕊️ pic.twitter.com/de3t70jp48— BET (@BET) August 8, 2023
🎶 DJ Casper, also known as "The Slide Man", and the songwriter behind the famous "Cha Cha Slide", has died age 58. His wife confirmed that he'd been fighting a "long battle with cancer", and that he died on Monday.#ChaChaSlide #DJCasper #Entertainment #EntertainmentNews #News pic.twitter.com/4nmnmXVFKL— Gorgeous Radio (@gorgeousradiouk) August 8, 2023
This man is responsible for breaking barriers and biases on the dance floor. His song was definitely an ice breaker for us dj's lol! I'm pretty sure many of us have our favorite memory. What's yours?🙏🏽😔🕊#djcasper👣 pic.twitter.com/EzoesIfDwb— 7evenZark7 🥁 (@7evenZark7) August 8, 2023
I remember when my sister came home & said she'd heard this new song reciting the lyrics "hands on your knees" etc. 😄 I can't remember a party I played at when somebody didn't ask for Cha Cha Slide. What a great legacy – a song that will always make people smile. #djcasper https://t.co/81NAtdTG1a— Nick Arkell (@nickarkell) August 8, 2023
“Casper said he hopes his "Cha Cha Slide" will always serve as a reminder of the power of unity, community and positivity.”— Michelle Morrow, EdD, she/her (@MorMicki) August 8, 2023
Thank you for the joy that you brought us DJ Casper. Rest In Sweet Peace.🙏🏾🕊#DJCasper https://t.co/J3P6XKCsXD