One of House Music’s Foremost Pioneers Has Died After A Terrible Accident

Tragedy last night as legendary house producer and half French house duo Cassius, Philippe Zdar, died after accidentally falling out a window in Paris. The music community today is remembering Zdar and paying their respects to his friends and family and label Ed Banger Records.

Zdar was an important member the French Touch movement in the early to mid-1990s along with Daft Punk, Justice, SebastiAn, Laurent Garnier, Étienne de Crécy, and more. As part Cassius, Zdar produced seven albums over the course his 20+ year career. Cassius’ latest album Dreems is set to be released Friday, and Zdar also worked with UK group Hot Chip on their new album A Bath Full Ecstasy, which will be released the same day.

The French producer also worked with a number other groups behind the scenes, notably Phoenix, Beastie Boys, and Franz Ferdinand.

See what the music community has to say about the legend below. Zdar was 52; he leaves behind an ex-wife and daughter.