DJ Rashad – whose real name was Rashad Harden - died of an accidental drug overdose, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Wednesday afternoon. The famed recorded-music personality was found dead in a West Side apartment in Chicago last April. The autopsy results were just made public on Wednesday.
DJ Rashad was found dead on April 26 at approximately 2 p.m. in an apartment located in the city’s Little Village neighborhood. It was specifically in the 2100 block of West 21st Street, said the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which would be not far from the major intersection of California Avenue and Cermak Road in the heavily Latino-populated neighborhood. The 34-year-old was found with narcotics and drug paraphernalia around his body, according to previous reports issued by the Chicago Police Department.
DJ Rashad is said to have been a dancer at first. Then, he evolved into crafting recorded music. He was influenced by House and juke music. In the crafting of recorded music, he took recordings with fast beats and altered them to be approximately 40 beats per minute faster than typical house music. His creations were popular and inspiring a rapid form of danced known as footwork.
DJ Rashad had toured with Chance the Rapper last year – in 2013. When the news of DJ Rashad’s death went public, Chance the Rapper took to social media’s Twitter to say that music lost a legend. He also wrote that DJ Rashad was his friend and he loved him. DJ Rashad also performed in Union Park at the Pitchfork Music Festival. He’s well-known releases included the single “Let it Go” and his footwork album release called “Double Cup.” Since his passing, according to the Sun Times, toxicological tests found that Rashad died of heroin, cocaine and alprazolam intoxication. It has been determined that the death was accidental.