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DJ Rashad found dead at home in Chicago

Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad was found dead on Saturday 26 April, a few days before the release date of his next record. At time of writing, the cause of his death remained inconclusive following an autopsy.

Rashad Harden began dancing in the Chicago footwork and juke scene as a pre-teen before learning to DJ and making his own tracks, becoming one of footwork's best known artists. He was particularly active in bringing footwork to an international audience, both as part of Planet Mu's influential Bangs & Works compilations and via releases on Hyperdub, including last year's Double Cup, listed in many end of year charts (including The Wire's). He was a regular performer at club nights and festival bills internationally, often performing with close collaborator and childhood friend DJ Spinn, and was one of the co-founders of the Teklife crew, which started life as Ghettoteknitianz.

Read a full statement on the Hyperdub site here.