Philippe Zdar of Cassius dies following accidental fall from building in Paris
Very sad news.
Philippe Zdar, one half of French dance duo Cassius, has died following an accidental fall from a building in Paris. He was 50 years old.
"He made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building," Zdar’s agent, Sebastien Farran, is quoted as saying by the BBC.
Zdar, real name Philippe Cerboneschi, formed Cassius in 1996 along with Hubert Blanc-Francard (AKA Boom Bass), who he had been collaborating with since the late 1980s.
The duo’s latest album, Dreems, their eighth in total and first since 2016, is due to be released on Friday.
As well as their own work, such as the album, 1999, featuring arguably their best-known single, ‘Cassius 1999’, Cassius were known and well-respected throughout the industry for producing work for other artists such as The Beastie Boys, Phoenix and Franz Ferdinand.