CHICAGO (AP) — Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, has died of an apparent drug overdose.
Chicago police spokeswoman Officer Janel Sedevic says the 34-year-old Harden was found Saturday afternoon inside an apartment on the city's West Side. She says there were no signs of injury and that narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found near his body. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy was scheduled for Sunday but declined to comment further.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Harden had a new EP titled "We On 1" set to be released on Monday and he was scheduled to play club dates all over the world.
He was scheduled to perform in Detroit on Saturday night with longtime friend and collaborator, DJ Spinn.