John’s brother, Douglas Fletcher, tells TMZ … John died Wednesday morning and it was unexpected. We’re told John was healthy, athletic and regularly went to the gym.
The family also says John was awake Wednesday morning and talking to people, but all of a sudden he just stopped breathing. We’re told his loved ones are all in shock.
John Fletcher, better known as Ecstasy from the rap group Whodini, has reportedly passed away. Questlove broke the news on Wednesday (Dec. 23) in an Instagram tribute to the hip hop legend.
“One love to Ecstasy of the legendary #Whodini,” he said. “This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man.”
Ecstasy, born on June 7, 1964, formed Whodini with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1982. DJ Grandmaster Dee later joined the group in 1986.
Together, they went on to record hit singles, “The Haunted House of Rock,” “Friends,” “Freaks Come Out at Night,” becoming a vital name in the hip hop scene.
In 2018, Whodini got their flowers at the 3rd Annual Black Music Honors where they were honored with the Hip Hop Icon Award and a tribute from fellow icons Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo and Monie Love who took the stage to perform their classic hits.
Following the news of Ecstasy’s death, Jermaine Dupri penned a heartfelt caption to the hip hop icon. “My God, this one hurts me so bad, I can’t even believe I’m posting this,” he said. “Ex, you know I love you. Thank you for every word, every conversation, every good time. May your soul rest in power.”
Loni Love — a fan of Whodini — also paid homage to the late star. “Just got the sad news, Ecstasy of #Whodini passed away today. Thank you for the music of my youth.. I always loved the Zorro hat!!! Condolences to his family.”