Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Philippe Zdar, of Cassius, dead: Tributes for French DJ and producer

Philippe Zdar, of Cassius, dead: Tributes for French DJ and producer

"He made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building", Sebastien Farran said, without giving any further details. The BBC reports that Zdar fell from the window of a building in Paris.

The shocking news is all the more tragic given that Zdar was genuinely at the peak of his powers; Cassius's latest album, Dreems, is set for release this Friday.

The death of Philippe Zdar on Thursday has led to an outpouring of condolences from across the musical landscape for the French musician.

Cassius was also involved in producing for popular bands such as Phoenix, Beastie Boys and French hip-hop star MC Solaar.

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But two years later, he joined forces with Boom Bass - born Hubert Blanc-Fracard - and the two formed the influential French Touch duo Cassius, working both as producers and on their own material. DJ and artist Calvin Harris shared one of the act's biggest hits, "Cassius 1999", with the caption: "What an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy".

In the early 1990s, Cerboneschi became one of the fathers of the French house scene, as half of the duo Motorbass with Étienne de Crécy; they released one album, 1996's Pansoul. He was 50 years old.

DJ Mehdi, who was 34 at the time, died in 2011 after a fall at his Paris home.

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