DJ Rashad Found Dead of Apparent Overdose | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

DJ Rashad Found Dead of Apparent Overdose

The 34-year-old pioneer of house music and footwork was allegedly found by a friend in a Chicago apartment next to narcotics and drug paraphernalia.


Photo via

By Shawn Dwyer


| Share

Rashad Harden, known by his stage name DJ Rashad, was found dead in Chicago over the weekend from an apparent overdose. He was 34.

Rashad was found by a friend in a West Side apartment according to police spokesperson Janel Sedevic, who confirmed that narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found near his body.

Once the news broke on Saturday, condolences began to pour in from across the internet. Chance the Rapper tweeted that night, “Music lost a legend today. And he was my friend. Love you DJ Rashad. RIP.”

"It's just a tragic loss of a great musical genius," said Morris Harper, a longtime collaborator and friend who performs under the name DJ Spinn.

Rashad was set to release a new EP this week called We On 1, and many thought he was going to have a breakout year. He was one of the pioneers of footwork, a frenzied electronic-oriented style of dance music known for its bursts of fast beats, dream-like synthesizers, and sampled loops of rap and pop vocals.

The style originated in Chicago, with Rashad playing a big part in its development. According to his father, Anthony Harden, Rashad began working as a DJ when he was 10 or 11 years old. “Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this,” Harden said. “He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.”

"He shared his music with everyone that would listen," his father continued. "He's been all over the world, taking footwork all over the world. He's done quite a bit over his short time."

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
Normies React to the 12 Steps

"I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn't help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance."

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv