It was announced earlier today that legendary producer and French house pioneer Philippe ‘Zdar’ Cerboneschi has died.
The news was confirmed in a statement from his agent to French newspaper, Le Monde.
Since news of Cerboneschi’s death broke, the dance music world has taken to social media to share their condolences.
Below, Pete Tong, Eclair Fifi, The Black Madonna, Gilles Peterson and more share their memories and sympathies.
Heartbreaking news #phillipzdar has died days before the release of new @CASSIUSOFFICIAL album and @essentialmix in accidental fall. A true visionary and genius in the studio and a very lovely man. Huge loss for the art of music. Thoughts and prayers for his family pic.twitter.com/GZIQPHcrMF
— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) June 20, 2019
Sad day in Paris. RIP ZDAR!! Will be playing with Jacques Greene and DC Salas at Rex Club tonight. It’s a club that I’ve always wanted to play and you better damn believe I’ll be playing a few Cassius and Motorbass tracks, I grew up on that stuff. See you there pic.twitter.com/FBoGrq0Zig
— Eclair Fifi MP (@eclairfifi) June 20, 2019
Will never forget making this and him telling me it made him feel 20 again hence the name of the remix.
In genuine shock :(https://t.co/Ovqx9FvMPN
— Oliver Jones (@I_Skream) June 20, 2019
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
So sad to hear of the passing of Philippe Zdar. ‘Feeling For You’ was one of the first singles I ever bought. For anyone not familiar with his work, @CASSIUSOFFICIAL & Zdar laid the ground work for a lot of today’s dance music. Hugely inspirational. RIP https://t.co/Dav7aTETCV
— Flight Facilities (@flightfac) June 20, 2019
I am terribly terribly saddened to wake to the news that Phillips Zdar of cassius has tragically died. I am at a loss for words. Such a sweet man. My deepest condonlences to his friends and family. #rip https://t.co/nhXcjkdiRP
— Honey Dijon (@HONEYDIJON) June 20, 2019
Shocked by the passing of Philippe Zdar. an incredible career and legacy. His work in the early days with Le Funk Mob and Etienne de Crecy gave French electronic music a gold standard that fulfilled its promise through Cassius, Daft Punk and beyond . RIP to the Motorbass
— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) June 20, 2019
RIP Philippe Zdar of Cassius. He was one of the first real stars of music I got to spend time with in 2004 at RBMA Rome. Will never forget the impact his conversation had on me and his music still inspires me to this day.
What a tragic loss. Heart is with @edbangerrecords
— Plastician (@Plastician) June 20, 2019
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 https://t.co/H79OZ19Nxq
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) June 20, 2019
I am devastated .... Saturday we were talking on the phone .... this is not possible https://t.co/XFEFVRNfo9
— lucien (@lucianocadenza) June 20, 2019