David Guetta posts heartfelt message about co-producer Fred Rister’s death
David Guetta recently announced the bad news on his Instagram account, that his life-long friend and co-producer, Fred Rister, has passed away today, after battling with cancer for several years.
Although Fred was a very discreet human being and didn’t really like the limelight, he played an important role in forming the world of EDM to as we know today alongside one of the most influential DJs in the universe, David Guetta. Their partnership started in the early 2000s, just before the boom of electronic dance music. They dreamt, composed and produced hits together that conquered the radio top lists all over the world. To name a few of their production: ‘Love Don’t Let Me Go’, ‘Love Is Gone’, ‘I Gotta Feeling’, ‘Gettin’ Over You’, ‘Without You’ and the list goes on. One of the most remarkable of them is ‘When Love Takes Over’ that got two Grammy Award nominations and earned the two French men an award.
Fred was constantly fighting with the illness from the day he met Guetta, and after the 9th cancer, he decided to stop the chemotherapy. He released his own single in 2018 ‘I Want A Miracle’ featuring Sam Martin & Chris Willis, and sent out a moving message:
“This single is very important to me – not many of you know, but for many years I’ve been fighting cancer. I’ve had 9 in 30 years! Remissions and relapses … The one who touches me today will be the last, since I know it now: my days are numbered … So, it’s not just a song “more”, no … It’s a piece of hope for those with this disease. The time I have to live, I want to live it fully “.
Rest In Peace Fred!
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🙏🙏🙏Today someone really special for me left . @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’. 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 others; for music and for life like it is in an ideal family when you trust someone with no limit. 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