UPDATE: It had been previously reported that DJ Rashad's autopsy was initially inclusive and that the prolific producer had passed away following a blood clot, though authorities believed that an apparent drug overdose was what led to his untimely death. The results from the medical examiner are in, and it turns out that the cause of death was an accidental drug overdose involving heroin, cocaine and alprazolam intoxication (aka Xanax).
DJ Rashad's team released a statement shortly following his death. From his manager, Wes Harden: "Rashad was a kind soul that left an indelible mark on the music world as the torchbearer of Footwork and Juke. Rest assured that all of those close to him will make sure that the legacy lives on for a great man whose life has been cut far too short."
4/27 Story: DJ Rashad, Chicago producer and pioneer of the footwork genre, was found dead at his home in Chicago's West Side on Saturday. He was 34.
According to The Chicago Tribune, police suspect the producer—born Rashad Harden—died of a drug overdose. A friend found the DJ in his home with police reporting narcotics and drug paraphernalia found near his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will take place Sunday with an official statement coming Monday.
Music lost a legend today. And he was my friend. Love you DJ Rashad. RIP— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 27, 2014
DJ Rashad was a pioneer and important member in the footwork genre—house music with complex rhythms, experimental sounds and accompanying juke-like dancing that originated in Chicago.
Rashad's new EP We On 1 will be released next week. You can stream it below.