Philippe Cerboneschi, legendary French producer and member of the electro duo Cassius, has reportedly died. He was 50 years old. In a statement to the French press, Cerboneschi’s agent, Sébastien Farran, reported that Phillippe “fell accidentally out of a high rise window.” There have been no further updates at this time.
Cassius was formed in the late 1980s by Cerbonescchi and Hubert Blanc-Francard, aka Boom Bass. Throughout the following decades, the duo would be a pivotal force to the French electronic sound we revere today. Their success included albums from 1999 to their mesmerizing 2011 EP, I <3 U So, which sampled Linda Carr’s “I Feel A Song.” I <3 U So was eventually sampled by Jay-Z and Kayne West in their song, “Why I Love You” as well as remixed by Skream. On June 21, their new album, Dreems, is set to be released. It remains uncertain if it will be released at that time.
RIP Philippe Zdar, a visionary and tectonic force who shaped the geography of modern dance music. I am so sorry to the many friends who mourn his sudden and terrible loss tonight.
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) June 20, 2019
Apart from Cassius, Cerbonescchi was an influential producer and engineer. He worked with the likes of Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, Justice, and OneRepublic. Additionally, Phillippe was the producer for Phoneix’s 2009 tour-de-force album Wolfgang Amadeus. Condolences are already being shared on Twitter from the likes of A-Trak, Chromeo, and The Black Madonna.