A drug overdose was initially suspected in the death of the footwork and juke DJ
DJ Rashad died from blood clot, according to reports.
The family of the late Rashad Harden have said that the coroner’s report reveals that the footwork and juke DJ passed away because of complications stemming from a blood clot in his leg, and not drugs, though local reports claimed Rashad’s body was found surrounded by narcotics and drug paraphernalia, and an overdose was initially suspected.
Harden’s cousin also informed the DJ’s label Hyperdub that it was marijuana which was found near the 34-year-old’s body and not hard drugs, writes The Guardian. The newspaper adds that the DJ had been complaining about an ache in his leg prior to his death, however, it was not thought to be dangerous because of his young age.
Rashad Harden’s body was discovered by a friend in an apartment in Chicago on Saturday (April 26). A message from British label Hyperdub, who released DJ Rashad’s critically acclaimed 2013 album ‘Double Cup’, paid tribute to the musician and revealed its employees were “devastated by his passing.”
Tributes from the dance music community were paid following his death with Disclosure labeling him an “inspirational pioneer of an amazing wave of music.” Chance The Rapper, who toured with Rashad in 2013, also honoured the musician, stating “Music lost a legend.”
Rashad’s final release, the ‘We On 1’ EP came out via Houston-based label called Southern Belle on April 28. He is survived by his son, Chad, 9; and his parents, Anthony and Gloria.