Cassius’ Philippe Zdar dies in accidental fall

Philippe Cerboneschi (also known as "Zdar")Image copyright Getty Images

Philippe Cerboneschi (also known as “Zdar”), one half of French dance duo Cassius, died in Paris on Wednesday, his agent has said.

“He made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building,” said Sebastien Farran, without giving further details.

Cerboneschi formed Cassius with Hubert Blanc-Francard (aka Boom Bass) in 1996.

They produced for bands such as Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand and French hip hop star MC Solaar.

The band’s first album in three years, Dreems, is due to be released on Friday.

Cerboneschi was in his early 50s.

Police, who have not confirmed the cause of death, say they are investigating the accident as is routine in such cases.

Tributes from the music world started pouring in on Thursday morning as news of his death filtered through, including messages from Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, DJ Calvin Harris and Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of the band Vampire Weekend.


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