Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi dead: Cassius star and DJ legend dies in plunge from window


The French DJ, who was part of dance duo Cassius, passed away in Paris on Wednesday his agenct has confirmed.

The musical, who was also known as Zdar, is believed to have died after accidentally falling through a window.

Sebastien Farran, Cassius’ rep, said: “He made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building.”

Cassius worked with some of the biggest bands in the world, producing tracks for the likes of Kanye West, Beastie Boys and Franz Ferdinand.

Cerboneschi and Cassius first hit the big time in the 1990 during the rise of France’s house music scene.

Their hit 1999 landed at number 7 in the UK charts while simultaneously cracking the US Dance Top 10.

Taking to Twitter upon hearing the sad news, superstar DJ Cavlin Harris said: “Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy.

“I was mesmerized by Cassius 1999 as a 15 year old.” 

Menawhile, singer and producer Alex Kapranos wrote: “Totally devastated by the loss of my friend Phillipe Zdar.

“Can’t really process it at the moment. Just feel awful.

The Black Madonna added: “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.”

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