Musician and journalist Questlove broke the news on Wednesday afternoon.
“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 formed the group Whodini with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982, before DJ Grandmaster Dee joined in 1986.
The trio were responsible for hits “The Haunted House of Rock,” “Friends” and “Freaks Come Out at Night.”
Check out reactions below.
1987 I entered the @Defjam tour w PE. I tended to be nervous looking at 15000 fans in front of me every night. There were 2 MCS that directly mentored my calm that summer. 1 was @RealDougEFresh the other was Ecstacy of Whodini. Always there to reassure w advice tips #RestInBeats pic.twitter.com/UzCj5RN4ve
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 23, 2020
Today we lost a member of our Hip-Hop family whose vocals were unmistakable and whose presence is irreplaceable. Our thoughts & prayers are with friends & family of John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of Whodini. #RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/pBblWmgMKV
— Rock The Bells (@RockTheBells) December 23, 2020
Aw, man. This is absolutely heartbreaking. It was the time of my life seeing Whodini perform at Fresh Fest '85 at the Oakland Collosseum. The lineup included, Whistle, UTFO, Fat Boys, and Run DMC. The Town was on FIRE!! #Whodini#RIPEcstasy
— Momma Mia (@chefmia1973) December 23, 2020