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Cassius' Philippe Zdar, Grammy-winning music producer, dies in accidental fall at 52

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6/20/2019 Maeve McDermott
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Philippe Zdar, the French music producer and one-half of the house music duo Cassius, died at 52 after accidentally falling through a building's window in Paris, the group's representatives confirmed to the New York Times and AFP

Zdar – born Philippe Cerboneschi – performed in Cassius with bandmate Hubert Blanc-Francard. Cassius' first album in three years, "Dreams," is set to be released on Friday, and Zdar was due to perform at Central Park's SummerStage in New York on Sunday.

Zdar also owned the influential Motorbass music studio in Paris, which hosted artists including Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. In 2010, he won a Grammy for best alternative music album for his work on “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” album, which was recorded there.

Zdar's electronic music peers paid tribute to him on social media, with Calvin Harris tweeting a link to his music with the note, "Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy. I was mesmerized by this record as a 15 year old."

"Sad awakening here :(" David Guetta wrote. "I just heard Philippe Zdar from @CASSIUSOFFICIAL passed away. I can’t stop remembering amazing parties we had all together."

"So (expletive) sad to learn about Philippe Zdar last night," Mark Ronson added in an NSFW tweet. "A true, true legend whose influence hangs over not just dance but indie, hip hop, all of it. I remember buying Feeling For You when it first came out and being blown away... My condolences to his family and friends"

USA TODAY has reached out to Zdar's representatives for comment.

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