DJ Mehdi, French Producer, Dead at 34
Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, the French producer better known as DJ Mehdi, has died at the age of 34, according to Pitchfork and confirmed by his publicist. The producer reportedly died after an undisclosed "accident."
DJ Mehdi gained prominence in the French electro and house scene in the late 90s as a DJ for Different Teep, and recently became a staple of Ed Banger Records. He has worked with and remixed artists like Architecture in Helsinki, Chromeo and Miike Snow.
Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter recently reworked Mehdi's single "Signatune," which has sold 9,000 U.S. downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan. 2006 album "Lucky Boy" has sold just south of 1,000 copies in the U.S.
News of DJ Mehdi's death resulted in artist reactions on Twitter on Tuesday morning (Sept. 13). "We lost our brother. No words," wrote Chromeo.
"I have no words. My heart is completely shattered. Not this," A-Trak, a collaborator, of Mehdi's, posted.
"Damn…RIP MEHDI," wrote Drake.
DJ Mehdi leaves behind his wife, French graffiti artist Fafi.