Phillippe Zdar of the French House Dup Cassius has died following a tragic accident.

BBC Report.

Philippe Cerboneschi (also known as “Zdar”), one half of French dance duo Cassius, died in Paris on Wednesday, his agent has said.

“He made an accidental fall, through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building,” said Sebastien Farran, without giving further details.

“Cerboneschi formed Cassius with Hubert Blanc-Francard (aka Boom Bass) in 1996.

“They produced for bands such as Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand and French hip hop star MC Solaar.

“The band’s first album in three years, Dreems, is due to be released on Friday.

“Cerboneschi was in his early 50s.”


Tributes have been paid by many of the biggest names in the music industry.

Phillippe’s Ibiza connections received warm reflection in local tributes.

Dan Kirwin (with video clip)

Really sad to hear about the tragic death of Cassius producer Philippe Zdar. Got to meet him when I worked for Mambo Ibiza back in 2016 when I shot this video, one of the highlights of that year in Mambo where the energy of that night was so infectious. I will always remember it……May you rest in peace agus ar dheis dé go raibh a anam

Paul Reynolds (see feature photo above, Paul is left, Ben Santiago right, Phillippe 2nd left)

Absolutely devastated to hear the news that Philippe Zdar from Cassius has died he was a truly beautiful person who we had the pleasure of playing with a few of times! Thank you for the amazing music xx

Danny Whittle

RIP Philippe Zdar, one of the loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure to know and a fantastic artist. Cassius will always be one of my favourites. So sad