DJ Mehdi Dead at 34
French hip-hop and electro-house fans are in shock after news that famed French-Tunisian DJ Mehdi, born 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. “Saddest news ever I have no words,” said Mr. Oizo. While Miike Snow said, “In remembrance of a dear soul DJ Medhi. Will be sorely missed!!!! :(.” Double O from the rap outfit Kidz in the Hall tweeted, “RIP DJ MEHDI.”
DJ Mehdi’s tragic death leaves his wife, renowned French graffiti artist Fafi, family and thousands of fans and friends in mourning.
*UPDATE: According to MTV News, DJ Mehdi was celebrating his 34th birthday on his rooftop, with friends, at the time of his death. He suffered from fatal injuries when the roof of his Paris home collapsed.
Listen to DJ Mehdi’s ‘Tragicomehdi’