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Philippe ‘Zdar’ from Cassius dies after fall from building accident

The artist was 52 years old.

Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi, pioneer of the French Touch genre, suffered a fatidic fall from a building in Paris and died this Wednesday night, June 19th. The artist was about to release his new album ‘Dreems’ on June 21st.

The musician, who was a member of Cassius since 1996 alongside Hubert Blanc-Francard (Boom Bass), had collaborated with renowned artists and groups such as Beastie Boys, Phoenix, The Rapture, Cat Power, Chrome, Tiga or Franz Ferdinand.

The sad news has dismayed different musicians around the world. North American DJ The Black Madonna sent her condolences on Twitter, where she described Zdar as “a visionary and tectonic force that shaped the geography of modern dance music”. Also, rapper Oxmo Puccino, a former collaborator, wrote an Instagram post with the following message: “The pain is immense, I fell all of a sudden while I was standing, all my thoughts are with you”.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Paris told CNN that an investigation into the cause of the artist’s death was opened.

We remember Zdar with one of the band’s hits.

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