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Philippe Zdar of Cassius died in the autumn in the Parisian building

DJ and producer Philippe Zdar, known for his work as one half of the French house outfit Cassius, and for his production with a host of big names, has died after an accident in a Parisian building, as his agent has confirmed today morning.

"He has fallen through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building," said Sebastien Farran, without giving any further details.

As Cassius, Philippe Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francard, aka Boom Bass has ushered in a decade of Franco-Funk breaks and filtered the disco house to the global dance music scene. In addition to outfits such as Bob Sinclar, Daft Punk and Stardust they played a role in the revival of the outdated screenplay, from which the producers of electronic music in the 90s read. Bored by a straightforward approach to beatmaking, they delved deeply into their collective influences of hip-hop, Detroit techno, Minneapolis funk, NY electro and disco, stuffing everything into their uneasy sampler.

But it's easy to forget that Zdar also collaborated with Etienne de Crécy on the Motorbass project prior to Cassius's seminal 1

999 album and produced hip-hop as La Funk Mob with Cassius Cohort Boom Bass.

Zdar has built a brilliant career as a solo producer, working with acts as diverse as Beastie Boys, Phoenix and Cat Power.

The shocking news is all the more tragic because Zdar was really at the height of his powers; Cassius' newest album, Dreems, is scheduled for release this Friday. Zdar also produced Hot Chip's latest album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy, also on Friday.

Stars from the world of electronic music have responded with shock and sadness to the news of Zdar's death. Below is a selection of her homages.

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