Philippe Zdar of Cassius dies in tragic fall

The French producer reportedly fell through a high-rise building window in Paris.

Philippe Zdar, who makes up one half of French house duo Cassius, has died. He was 50.

According to an Agence France-Presse statement from his manager Sebastien Farran, the French DJ and producer born Philippe Cerboneschi “made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building,” which led to his death. No other information has been released yet.

Cerboneschi founded Cassius alongside Hubert Blanc-Francard (aka Boom Bass) in the mid-’90s. Formerly named La Funk Mob, the duo began their career by releasing hip hop-inclined songs before finally finding their footing. With the release of their debut album 1999, Cassius became influential figures in the French house scene, pioneering the “French Touch” electro movement that helped launch the careers of Daft Punk and Air.

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Apart from his work with Cassius, Cerboneschi was also known as a producer, crafting records for indie acts like Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand. In 2010, he won a Grammy for his work on Phoenix’s critically acclaimed fourth LP, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Cerboneschi was also credited on various songs such as Cat Powers’ “Sun,” Robyn’s “Honey” and Jay-Z and Kanye West’s 2011 joint effort, “Why I Love You.”

Following news of Cerboneschi’s death, plenty of musicians, including Calvin Harris and Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, have taken to social media to mourn the loss. Cerboneschi is survived by his wife and three children, said his spokesperson in a statement.

Over their 20 years together, Cassius have put out a total of five albums. Dreems, the outfit’s fifth and final LP as a duo, was released today in honor of the late producer. RIP, Philippe Zdar.

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