Tuesday, September 13, 2011
R.I.P.: 34-Year-Old French Hip-Hop Producer DJ Mehdi Dies In Freak Accident
Reports are still sketchy, but the story coming out of Paris is that producer DJ Mehdi died overnight on Monday following the most random of accidents.
The story at this time seems to be that Medhi and some friends were partying on the roof of his house when either the roof collapsed or he fell off a mezzanine to his death. Two or three others also fell and were hospitalized.
DJ Medhi, born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, was 34 years old.
After working his way up to premier producer status, Mehdi linked up with French electro-house DJ/producer Pedro Winter (a.k.a. Busy P), whose label, Ed Banger Records, rose to international prominence with acts like Mr. Oizo, and SebastiAn and Justice. Mehdi’s 2007 single “I Am Somebody,” featuring Chromeo, enjoyed Stateside success, including placement in a commercial for XM Radio.
But Mehdi was equally well-known for his remixes, memorably reworking tracks by Architecture in Helsinki, New Young Pony Club and Miike Snow, among many others.
On Tuesday morning, his fans, friends and collaborators took to Twitter to express their condolences. The Bloody Beetroots’ Bob Cornelius Rifo tweeted, “R.I.P. Dj MEHDI. The void he has left behind is unbearable. Love you, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo.”
Just Blaze was in shock, writing, “I’m literally shaking right now. We just played together last week. Heart goes out to his family and loved ones. RIP mehdi.”
Steve Aoki tweeted that he was “devastated,” before following that up with a simple message: “Rest in peace to my brother forever here and in the after life djmehdi. i love u and miss u.”