September 13, 2011
French electro producer DJ Mehdi has died, Consequence of Sound reports.
Born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, the 34-year-old reportedly died due to "an accident," though further details remain unclear.
Known for massive electro-house productions, Mehdi released solo work as part of the Paris collective Ed Banger, and he collaborated with Chromeo and Justice's Xavider de Rosnay, as well as fellow French producers Riton, Cassius, and Busy P.
On Twitter, DJ Cut Killer was apparently the first to make news of Mehdi's death public. Writing in French, the Moroccan-born DJ said, "DJ Mehdi !!! There are no words to tell you the sorrow which I feel… A friend goes from there… Rest in peace fréro."
Other artists responding to Mehdi's death include Drake, Chromeo, Kid Sister, Miike Snow, Murs, and RJD2, who adds: "He had a great spirit about him. One of the nicest guys I've ever met."
See the video for Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter's rework of Mehdi's "Signatune," from 2007 album Lucky Boy at Night, below.
WATCH: DJ Mehdi: "Signatune" (Thomas Bangalter Edit)