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“Breakin” star Bruno “Pop N Taco” Falcon has died at the age of 58

Bruno Falcon, the pioneering hip-hop dancer and choreographer known as “Pop N Taco,” died Saturday at his home in Long Beach, California. He was 58.

The pop-and-lock legend from the early ’80s cult film Breakin’ has died of natural causes, his sister Diana Wolgamott has confirmed to local news outlets. The official cause of death has not been confirmed, but she said she believes he may have died of a heart attack.

An East LA native, he was a mainstay on the street dance scene in the ’80s and ’90s.

“People couldn’t believe there was a Mexican guy who could bang,” Falcon once told Soc!ety Dance Academy magazine. “They would challenge me before school or a party or a high school dance. They would come out, right at you, right in front of your face.”

He got his big mainstream break in 1984 as electro rock 1 in the breakdance hit “Breakin,” starring rapper and future “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T and dancer Adolfo Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones, who carried on Falcon’s death at 65 in 2020.

“Yes, I just got a text.” Ice-T, 64, tweeted when fans asked him if he had heard the news. “He was far from it [sic] young. Sm.”

Falcon also worked with Michael Jackson, dancing in the King of Pop’s classic music video “Smooth Criminal,” for which he reportedly choreographed the now-signature “anti-gravity lean” move.

In addition to dancing for Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan, Falco also appeared in two of Jackson’s short film projects: Captain EO, directed by Godfather Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola in 1986, followed by Moonwalker by 1988.”

After a supporting role in the lackluster sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Falcon appeared in 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Make-Up, opposite Keanu Reeves, and choreographed live-action sequences for Don Bluth’s 1994’s Thumbelina.

Veteran actress, singer and choreographer Toni Basil, who starred opposite Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider, choreographed The Rose and belted out the legendary ’80s dance track Mickey! – also shared her condolences via social media.

“Rest in peace my longtime, dear, beautiful friend and longtime collaborator – legendary, groundbreaking, brilliant dancer pop-n-taco Bruno Falcon.” Basil, 78, tweeted along with a classic clip. “10. June 1964 – July 2, 2022.”

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Emma Bowman

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