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Hip-hop and electro-house fans are in shock after news that famed French-Tunisian DJ Mehdi (Mehdi Favéris-Essadi) has passed at age 34. He was reportedly killed in an "accident" Sept. 13, according to In the Mix.
Close friend and collaborator DJ A-Trak tweeted Tuesday, "I have no words. My heart is completely shattered. Not this."
DJ Mehdi was a visionary for urban music as he was part of the first wave of musicians to help bridge the gap between hip-hop, electro and indie rock sounds. He started his career as DJ for the group Different Teep, and found success with the legendary French rap group Ideal J. He was also DJ for Mafia K'1 Fry, a rap collective from the gritty Parisian suburbs.
His solo career was marked by a number of groundbreaking albums like 'Des Friandises Pour Ta Bouche' and 'Lucky Boy,' with the hit single 'I Am Somebody' featuring Chromeo. He was also known for his work with MC Solaar, Daft Punk, Chromeo, Miike Snow and many others. In 2006, his career was launched to global heights as he was signed to the French electro label Ed Banger Records. His last release came just a month ago on Pedro Winter's 'Let the Children Techno' mix tape album, with the eerily foreshadowing title 'Tragicomehdi.'
Many other musicians have expressed their grief via Twitter as well:
"R.I.P. DJ Mehdi. The void he has left behind is unbearable. Love you, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo," said Bloody Beetroots.
"Sitting in a chair crying. My hearts broken," said Diplo. Adding: "I can only see mehdi smiling. He was always so happy he always smiling in all my memories he did everything with so much positivity."
"Saddest news ever I have no words," said Mr. Oizo.
"In remembrance of a dear soul DJ Medhi. Will be sorely missed!!!! :( :( :(," said Snow.