The DJ partner of David Guetta Fred Rister has died at the age of 58 following a battle with cancer.
The producer played a part in dance bangers including The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling and won a Grammy for his musical efforts.
Born in Dunkirk, France, Rister – real name Frédéric Riesterer – had collaborated with Guetta since the 00s, and co-wrote several big hits taking the Grammy for hit dance track When Love Takes Over.
According to reports, the producer suffered from ‘several cancers’ and ceased treatment in 2017.
Guetta has since shared his heartache at losing his friend and colleague, who it’s claimed died at the Tourcoing Hospital in France.
‘@fredristermusic and I shared some of the most important and beautiful moments of my life producing records together like I Gotta A Feeling that stayed 16 weeks number one in America, Memories or When Love Takes Over,’ Guetta wrote on Instagram.
‘Those records have changed dance music culture but also pop music.
‘I remember each second of it; from choosing chords together to working on drum sounds for hours, learning together and from each other.
‘He was the most loyal person I met and they are so rare in this world, such a talented humble generous and discreet human being.
‘We were always here for each other; for music and for life like it is in an ideal family when you trust someone with no limit.’
Guetta continued: ‘I feel very lonely right now crying in my bed but I guess it’s better this way as his cancer was making him suffer a lot.
‘Rest in peace my friend I’ll keep playing our music and I’ll think of you every time. We lived our dreams and way beyond and I‘m forever thankful.’
Friends posted to Rister’s Facebook page following confirmation of his death from his publishing house.
‘We had the chance to know Fred,’ the post began. ‘He could only take a beautiful and great place in our life and in our heart.
‘When we think of this wonderful man who left us we think of his joy of living that he knew so well to transmit, to his laugh and his voice that you could only hear.
‘It was for his friends a sun for others a hell of a bonhomie. A person on whom you could count. A man who makes us dance.
‘Despite his disease Fred has always been present, attentive to listening to all of us. Frédéric loved to feel loved. Are of all the love we have and that we will forever have for him.
‘That’s why we have to remember the memories that made us thrill.’
The statement continued: ‘Fred will always be with us. And despite his absence, he’s going to support us. He’s throwing us a message, the one to continue on the way to life. Fred wants to see us smile.’
Last year Rister opened up on stopping treatment for his illness.
‘The cancer that affects me today will be the last, since I know now: my days are counted,’ he said on a French show.
He added: ‘These treatments do not suit me, I’m tired, I do not want to live this life to stay alive anymore, I decided to live shorter but more normally.’
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