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Breakdancing Legend and Michael Jackson Dance Muse, Bruno ‘Pop N Taco’ Falcon, Dead at 58

©Bruno "Pop N' Taco" Falcon/ Facebook 
The man that helped shape the King of Pop's legacy as a dancer is dead at 58.

Hip-hop dancer and choreographer Bruno "Pop N Taco" Falcon passed away Saturday.

Falcon's official Facebook page first broke the news.

"It is with sadness and emotion that I announce Bruno passed away yesterday," the account posted alongside a picture of the dance in his prime.

It added, "Bruno was an incredible, kind and generous man. He always had that smile that lights up our hearts every moment. A unique and incredible talent. He will forever be the greatest dancer of history, with Michael Jackson. We are all thinking of Bruno's family and sending them all our love. Bruno "Pop N' Taco" Falcon is the king."

His sister Diana Wolgamott confirmed the death to ABC7 and said that he died of natural causes at his Long Beach home.

©Bruno "Pop N' Taco" Falcon/ Facebook
The East LA native first broke into the mainstream as a dancer portraying Electro Rock 1 in 1984's breakdancing hit “Breakin’."

Starring alongside rapper-turned-actor Ice-T and fellow dancing phenomenon Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones, Falcon helped bring the art form to the forefront of the American psyche.

The dancer parlayed his newfound fame into a successful career as a dancer and choreographer for some of music's biggest acts. It is his 16-year collaboration with 13-time Grammy winner Michael Jackson, however, that may be his most enduring legacy.

Falcon worked with the pop star on multiple projects including Captain EO (1986), Moonwalker (1988), and the Dangerous Tour (1992-93), and is credited with tutoring the singer and talented dance in his own right, in the ways of popping, waving, gliding and other dance techniques that he incorporated into his unique style and made his own.

Following his death, Falcon's nephew Alberto "Beto" Pina organized a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for his funeral expenses. Pina said that his uncle was an all-around good and humble person, but over the years he had fallen on hard times.

"To many, Bruno was an icon, a legend in the dance world, a master of popping and a teacher. But to us he was a son, a brother, a friend and an uncle," Pina wrote on the GoFundMe page. "Bruno was a good man whos generosity over the years was unmeasurable. He was just an all around good and humble person."

Pina continued, "So we are here asking his fans, students and family for any donations to help us lay our Bruno to rest. Bruno "Pop N Taco" will forever live in our hearts. He left his legacy in this world and for that we are proud of him. We love you Bruno."

The fundraiser had raised more than half of its goal of $40,000 at press time.

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