French hip hop producer DJ Mehdi dies aged 34


DJ Mehdi

French hip hop producer and electronic artist Mehdi Faveris-Essadi, better known as DJ Mehdi, has died, aged 34.

During his career the Parisian DJ worked with dance artists such as Daft Punk, Cassius and Justice.

He was a core member of French record label and musical collective Ed Banger.

In a statement, the label said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend DJ Mehdi. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

Further details of how he died have yet to be confirmed.

Mehdi released his debut album, The Story Of Espion in 2002, the first of four solo records.

Artists' reactions

This past weekend, he had been performing alongside DJ colleague Riton as part of their Carte Blanche project at Bestival, on the Isle Of Wight.

During the course of his career he remixed tracks for a raft of other artists including New Young Pony Club, Sam Sparro and Miike Snow.

Some of his peers have paid tribute on Twitter.

American dubstep artist Skrillex wrote: "Even before I was anybody he always treated me as if I was already one of the guys. Always had a smile on his face."

BBC Radio 1 dance DJ Annie Mac said: "I'm speechless for the loss of DJ Mehdi. Sending all my love to his beautiful family and to Pedro Winter and Ed Banger Records in Paris."

Artists including Chromeo, rapper Drake, Ed Simons from The Chemical Brothers and Example also paid their tributes using the social networking site.