Chicago record spinner, DJ Rashad, who is responsible for ushering in the "footwork" music scene in the Windy City, was found dead, yesterday, according to Chicago authorities. Police responded to a call from friend of the DJ who had found the 35-year-old unresponsive at a residence in the city's West Side, yesterday afternoon. When they arrived they discovered Rashad unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities believe a drug overdose may have been the cause for the turntablelist's death. An autopsy will be carried out, today.

Rashad helped pioneer "footwork," a break-neck dance music that frequently slices in loops of known rap, pop and R&B samples. He released the album, Double Cup last October and was set to release a vinyl EP titled, We On 1, tomorrow via Southern Belle Recordings.

[via Chicago Times Sun]