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A pioneer of the French Touch sound and producer, Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi, has died tragically.

A statement by his agent as referred to in the French newspaper Le Monde, the artist died fell to his death from “a high floor of a Parisian building”.

Zdar founded Cassius together with Hubert Blanc-Francard in 1989, releasing their iconic debut album, ‘1999’, ten years later.

During the mid-90s he joined forces with Etienne De Crécy to form Motorbass. Their solo album, ‘Pansoul’, is known as one of the most influential  French electronic records.

Zdar, Acclaimed Producer and DJ

Zdar had worked with many popular artists over the years in his career as an acclaimed producer and DJ. He worked with Kanye West, MC Solaar, Beastie Boys, Cat Power as well as Pharrell.

Zdar was awarded a grammy in 2009 for his work on Parisian pop rock band Phoenix’s debut album ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’.

Tributes For Zdar

The tributes have been pouring in for the beloved DJ and producer since news of his rather tragic death was released.

Words of condolences have been shared over social media with tributes from Black Madonna, Skream, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam and Hudson Mohawke who took to Twitter to share their sympathies.