I was saddened to hear last night of the death of Michael Kenneth Williams, who has passed away at the age of 54. No one knows why – all we know is that his nephew went to his house in Brooklyn and that he’d already died. Condolences go out to his family and friends at this terrible time.
Last year, a video did the rounds of Williams dancing to house music, which seemed to surprise some people. It shouldn’t – in the early 90s, he was homeless and looking for work. He found it as a background dancer for a certain Kym Sims, who was touring to promote her 1991 hit “Too Blind To See It”.
The two remained in touch over the following 30 years. Infact, Sims revealed that her last message from him was only sent a week ago. He said he was in the process of writing a book, and he also touchingly said “Thank you for giving a confused young man his shot at pursuing his dreams”.
He also did the choreography for “100% Pure Love”, the Basement Boys produced single of Crystal Waters in 1994. You’d be surprised at how many people who are famous today have some kind of roots in 90s house music…