DJ Casper, Chicago hype man behind ‘Cha Cha Slide’ phenomenon, dies at 58

Cancer Struggle:

Willie Perry Jr. battled kidney and liver cancer since 2016.

Musical Legacy:

Chicago-born Casper was a natural entertainer with a passion for fun.


Remembered as a giving, family-oriented man who adored Chicago.


Funk Connection:

Once toured with funk legend James Brown before his music journey

The White Outfit:

Earned stage name by wearing all white during performances.

Dance Phenomenon:

"Cha Cha Slide" sparked a global dance craze with catchy choreography.

Unforeseen Success:

Casper didn't expect the immense popularity of "Cha Cha Slide."

Musical Journey:

From local hit to Universal Records deal via M.O.B. Records in 2004.