- The French DJ and producer has died at the age of 34.
French electronic artist DJ Mehdi has died.
According to reports, the DJ and producer was sitting on his roof with a few friends celebrating the artist Riton's birthday. The roof collapsed, and everyone except Riton fell through. DJ Mehdi died and three others were hospitalized.
Paris's Social Club posted this message on its Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon: "Following the death of DJ Mehdi, we have made the exceptional decision to close the club tonight. An evening of silence in honor of the artist. Thank you for not commenting on this status."
Mehdi Favéris-Essadi was born in 1977 in the suburbs of Paris. He got his start as a hip-hop producer, and found his signature sound by combining the style and attitude of hip-hop with electro and house. Arguably his most important break came in 2006 when he released his album Lucky Boy on Ed Banger Records, the Parisian label that would be his home for the rest of his career. Over the years he collaborated with the likes of Daft Punk, Cassius and Chromeo. His most recent project was a collaboration with Riton called Carte Blanche.
DJ Mehdi is survived by his wife, the French model and artist Fafi. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time, and we wish a speedy recovery to everyone injured in the accident.
On Wednesday, Riton, real name Henry Smithson, posted this message on his Twitter account: "just want everyone to know that we were all laughing our asses off 1/2 second before the accident and simon alegia and louise are all well," referring to the three others injured.
This story was updated on September 14th, 2011.