The life of a famous musician has come to an untimely end. French electronic music pioneer Philippe "Zdar" Cerboneschi died Wednesday.
His death came as a result of an accidental fall from a building in Paris. A spokesman for the Paris prosecutor's office told CNN that an investigation has been opened into the situation surrounding Zdar's death.
The musician was one half of the group Cassius. At the time of his fall and subsequent passing, he was only 50.
"He accidentally fell through the window of a top floor of a Parisian building," Zdar's agent Sebastian Farran told the AFP news agency.
Zdar's ex-wife and mother of his daughter published a black screen on Instagram without comment.
Cassius, which was made up of Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francard, was also known as Boom Bass. The duo was formed in 1989 and became a big player in Paris electronic music.
The musical duo was best-known for their breakout single "Cassius 1999" in January 1999. Cassius' latest album "Dreems" is due to be released on Friday.
In addition to his own music, Zdar also produced for musicians such as Kanye West, Jay Z, the Beastie Boys, and Franz Ferdinand.
After his fall, other artists took to social media to remember him.
Rapper Oxmo Puccino, a former collaborator, wrote an Instagram post with the following message according to CNN: "The pain is immense. I fell knocked out while standing. All of my thoughts are with you."
"Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy," tweeted DJ Calvin Harris, adding that he was "mesmerized" by the record "Cassius 1999" when he was 15.
"A true original and a unique talent who was involved in making our first album, as well as so many amazing records," tweeted Cut Copy. "Your energy and generosity will be sorely missed."
Please join us in praying for his family. This is a terrible tragedy.