Dance music pioneer DJ Rashad was found dead in a Chicago apartment back on April 26th. While there’s been much speculation over the cause of his death — an initial autopsy proved inconclusive, other sources alleged it was a blood clot — a new statement from the medical examiner’s office claims that it was an accidental drug overdose.
As NBC Chicago reports (via Pitchfork), heroin, cocaine and alprazolam intoxication (aka Xanax) turned up in Rashad’s toxicological test results and his tragic passing has been ruled an accident by medical officials.
The 35-year-old producer, born Rashad Harden, has been credited as a pioneer in footwork, a genre of dance music that pushed the boundaries of Chicago’s historic house scene with complex rhythms and experimental walls of sound. He put out several records over the last decade, culminating with the full-length album Double Cup, which was released through Hyperdub.
Below, revisit a recent remix of Sleigh Bells’ “Young Legends” by Rashad and his footwork collective, Teklife: