FRENCH DJ Philippe Zdar has died after accidentally falling from a building in Paris, his agent said.
The 50-year-old, who was one half of dance duo Cassius along with Hubert Blanc-Francard, fell through a window on a “high floor” of an apartment block in the city.
His manager Sebastien Farran said: “He made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building.”
Zdar, whose real surname is Cerboneschi, formed Cassius in 1996 with Blanc-Francard, whose stage name is Hubert Boombass, after working as a sound engineer for legendary French artist Serge Gainsbourg.
The house music duo found mainstream success with their track Cassius 1999 in the late-90s.
Zdar went on to work with musicians such as Kanye West, Jay Z, the Beastie Boys and Franz Ferdinand.
Cassius’s first album in three years, Dreams, is due to be released tomorrow.
Former collaborators and fans within the music industry have paid tribute to Zdar this morning.
Tweeting out a link to Cassius 1999, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris wrote: “Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy. I was mesmerised by this record as a 15 year old.”
Aussie electronic band Cut Copy said he was “a true original and unique talent who was involved in making our first album, as well as so many amazing records.”
They added: “Your energy and generosity will be sorely missed.”
Music producer Black Madonna called the Frenchman “a visionary and tectonic force who shaped the geography of modern dance music”.
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