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...
Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy. I was mesmerized by this record as a 15 year old https://t.co/H79OZ19Nxq— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) 20 June 2019
Totally devastated by the loss of my friend Phillipe Zdar.— Αλεξ Καπράνος (@alkapranos) 20 June 2019
Can’t really process it at the moment. Just feel awful.
RIP Philippe Zdar, a visionary and tectonic force who shaped the geography of modern dance music. I am so sorry to the many friends who mourn his sudden and terrible loss tonight.— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) 20 June 2019
Can’t comprehend the news about Philippe Zdar. An absolute musical genius and one of the nicest chaps you could meet. Such a sad day.— Alex Metric (@Alexmetric) 20 June 2019
philippe zdar was such a huge inspiration. i remember spending weeks mastering ‘unbelievers’ — putting it up against phoenix’s ‘1901’ as the benchmark of an incredible mix, —nothing could touch it. we had to mix it over and over again just to get close.— Rostam (@matsoR) 20 June 2019
He mixed Needy Girl & Rage for the Euro release of our 1st album. Then he mixed the entire Fancy Footwork album. Then Business Casual. He played a huge role in developing our sound. We’re devastated. RIP Philippe Zdar of Cassius, Motorbass & La Funk Mob, a true musical genius. pic.twitter.com/Y7pNmzREyt— FUNKLORDZ (@Chromeo) 20 June 2019