News - June 20, 2019

Cassius' Philippe Zdar dies after fall from building in Paris
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Cassius' Philippe Zdar dies after fall from building in Paris

Producer Philippe Zdar, one half of French house music duo Cassius, has died after falling from a tall building in Paris. He was 50 years old.

Zdar's death was confirmed in a statement from the duo's representative Sebastien Farran, saying that Zdar had passed away after “an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building.”

Born Philippe Cerboneschi, Zdar was best-known for his work with pioneering house duo Cassius, along with Hubert Blanc-Francard – otherwise known as Boom Bass – and was instrumental in the 'French Touch' scene which originated in Paris during the 1990s and included the likes of Daft Punk, Quentin 'Mr. Oizo' Dupieux and Étienne de Crécy, with whom Zdar collaborated in the duo Motorbass.

Zdar and Boom Bass began their careers together working as producers, then known as La Funk Mob, working mostly in the hip-hop genre and producing records for French rappers such as MC Solaar.

During this time the pair were also increasingly experimenting with electronics and released their first album as Cassius in 1999, scoring a UK Top 10 hit with the house track 'Feeling For You'.

Later in his career Zdar expanded his work as a producer, winning a Grammy for his work on Phoenix's 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and working with a range of artists including The Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, Chromeo and One Republic.

Tributes to Zdar have been pouring onto social media since the news of his tragic death arrived late last night. You can find some of them below...

 












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