Cassius star Philippe Zdar, 52, dies 'after fall at Paris building'

Philippe Zdar, French music star and one half of Cassius, has died at the age of 52.

The Grammy-winning music producer died on Wednesday night after ‘accidentally’ falling from a building in Paris.

The news was confirmed by his agent just one day before Cassius was due to release their new album Dreems, on the 20th anniversary of their iconic 1999 debut.

Representatives for Philippe Zdar have been contacted by for comment.

A statement from his agent Sebastien Farran to the French media said: ‘He made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building.

‘His friends join his family in infinite sadness. Tonight music has lost a genius.’

Zdar, real name Philippe Cerboneschi formed Cassius with Hubert ‘Boom Bass’ Blanc-Francard in 1991.

Most famous for his work with Cassius, Zdar was also one-half of Motorbass with Etienne De Crécy.

But alone he is widely hailed as a pioneer of ‘the French Touch sound’ and electronic music.

He has worked with huge names, including Fatboy Slim, the Beastie Boys, Hot Chip and Fedde Le Grand as well as Kanye West and Pharrell.

In 2010, he received a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for mixing on Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

This year was something of a comeback for Zdar, who was anticipating the release of Dreems on Friday, as well as Hot Chip’s seventh album, which helped produce.

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