Philippe Zdar has died in an accidental building fall

The tragic news comes the day before a Cassius album is released...


Words by: Felicity Martin

Cassius’s Philippe Zdar has died after accidentally falling from a high floor in a building in Paris on Wednesday, his agent Sebastien Farran has said.

The French touch pioneer, born Philippe Cerboneschi, was 52.

Co-founding Cassius in 1989, Zdar played a huge part in producing some of the world’s biggest records, working with artists from Kanye to Cat Power to Franz Ferdinand.

A Cassius album, ‘Dreems’, had been planned for release tomorrow (June 21), and Zdar also produced Hot Chip’s forthcoming ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’, also set for release tomorrow.

Cassius was a collaboration between Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francard, known in the group as Boom Bass. Originally called La Funk Mob, they began recording in the late ’80s and early ’90s, releasing their debut Cassius album, ‘1999’, that year.

Tributes have been pouring in from the music world for the much-loved super-producer.

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