Hip Hop culture lost one of its founding fathers when Wayne Frost, who was better known by most as “Frosty Freeze” of the Rock Steady Crew, died in Manhattan on Thursday (April 3). Frost helped bring Hip Hop into the mainstream’s consciousness with appearances in movies such as Style Wars, Wild Style and Flashdance. The legendary b-boy was 44. Rock Steady Crew Vice President Jorge “Pop Master Fabel” Pabon says Frosty‘s death followed a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

“He was not only an amazing dancer but a daredevil,” Pabon tells the New York Times. “The moves he did were really super high-risk. He had these signature moves and swagger, this really classy b-boy swagger, that made him extremely unique.”

Among his many trademark moves, Frost invented the “Suicide,” a mid-air flip which breakers end by landing on their backs. HipHopDX sends our condolences to the family and friends of Frosty Freeze. Please stay tuned for more information as it is made available.