Bruno Falcone, the pioneering hip-hop dancer and choreographer known as “Pop in Taco,” died Saturday at his home in Long Beach, California. He was 58 years old.
His sister, Diana Woolgamot, confirmed that the pop legend of the early ’80s cult film “Breakin” passed away of natural causes. No official cause of death has been confirmed, but she said she believes he may have died of a heart attack.
The East Los Angeles native was a mainstay on the street dance scene throughout the ’80s and ’90s.
Falcone once told Soc! ety Dance Academy: “People couldn’t believe there was a Mexican who could pop.” “They were challenging me in front of school or at a high school party or dance. They came out to you right in front of your face.”
He got his big break as Electro Rock 1 on the 1984 song Breakdancing, starring alongside rapper and future Ice-T star “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and dancer Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones, who Falcon was preceded by 65 deaths in 2020.
“Yes, I got a text message,” Ice-T tweeted, 64, When fans asked him if he had heard the news of Falcone’s death. “It was the way [sic] small. allowed. “
Falcone also collaborated with Michael Jackson and danced in the classic Smooth Criminal music video for the King of Pop, for which he reportedly designed the “anti-gravity” movement.
In addition to dancing by Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie, and Chaka Khan, Falcone has also appeared in a pair of Jackson’s short film projects: “Captain EO,” directed by Academy Award-winning Godfather Francis Ford Coppola in 1986, followed by 1988’s Moonwalker.”
After co-starring in the lackluster sequel “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” Falcon appeared in 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” opposite Keanu Reeves, and choreographed live for Don Bluth’s 1994 song Thumbelina.
Veteran actress, singer, and choreographer Tony Basil — who starred alongside Jack Nicholson in 1969’s Easy Rider, choreographed The Rose in 1979 and led the popular ’80s dance track “Mickey” — has also shared her condolences via social media.
“Rest in peace, I’ve had a great time my dear beautiful friend and collaborator of many years – the legendary legendary Pop-n-Taco dancer Bruno Falcon. From June 10, 1964 to July 2, 2022,” Basil, 78, tweeted along with A classic clip given by the Smothers Brothers, Thomas and Richard.