​R.I.P. Cassius Member and Producer Philippe Zdar

​R.I.P. Cassius Member and Producer Philippe Zdar
French producer Philippe Zdar — best known as one half of Cassius — died in Paris yesterday (June 19). According to his agent, Zdar accidentally fell from a high floor of a building in Paris.
 
There are varying reports about his age, ranging from 50 to 52.
 
Born Philippe Cerboneschi, Zdar first started working with his Cassius counterpart Hubert Blanc-Francard (a.k.a. Boom Bass) in 1988, producing for hip-hop artist MC Solaar. They went on to form an electronic group called La Funk Mob, and Zdar later released an album with Étienne de Crécy under the moniker Motorbass.
 
Cassius released their first single "Foxxy" in 1996, eventually putting out their debut album 1999 in 1999. Au Rêve, 15 Again, CASSIUSPLAY: Nike+ Original Run and Ibifornia followed.
 
The duo were slated to release a new album titled Dreems tomorrow (June 21).
 
In addition to their work with Cassius, the production duo also worked with a number of other prominent artists, including Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Cut Copy, Chromeo, the Rapture, Franz Ferdinand and Hot Chip.
 
Tributes from collaborators and admirers have been flooding in since news of Zdar's death broke. See some of those below.