Sometimes Twitter rumors prove sadly accurate. A spate of tweets this morning reporting that Parisian electro and hip hop producer DJ Mehdi, who has worked with Chromeo, Daft Punk, MC Solaar and Ed Banger Records and was a member of the duo Carte Blanche, had died in a tragic accident at his home were confirmed as true. Mehdi, whose was born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, was just 34.
MTV.com and DJ Mag report that a source says that Mehdi had been celebrating a friend's birthday - reportedly that of his Carte Blanche cohort Henry Riton - on his Parisian home's rooftop when a mezzanine collapsed, injuring him fatally and hurting three other guests. Riton and Mehdi had just spent the weekend playing Bestival on the Isle of Wright.
In addition to Carte Blanche, the Ed Banger crew and his solo work, which included the hit Chromeo collaboration "I Am Somebody," DJ Mehdi was also a member of the Club 75 collective of DJs that includes Justice's Xavier de Rosnay.
He also remixed songs for Miike Snow, Asian Dub Foundation, New Young Pony Club, Erol Aikan & Boys Noize, Architecture in Helsinki and many more.
Mehdi's label was to make a statement later today. The late producer's Facebook site has become a tribute page. Riton, who was uninjured in the accident, tweeted a small detail about the accident earlier this evening before poignantly posting, "I LOVE U MEHDI."
The Carte Blanche duo had just posted a free download on Monday for "The Molecules," from Annie Mac Presents which rather eerily utilizes a sample of Prince sermonizing from "Let's Go Crazy."