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David Guetta pays touching tribute to Fred Rister

David Guetta has paid a touching tribute to his long-time collaborator, Fred Rister

The French superstar's musical partner, who produced The Black Eyed Peas hit single, I Gotta Feeling, has sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 58.

Guetta worked with Rister from the early 2000s, and the pair co-wrote 2009's Grammy-winning single When Love Takes Over, featuring Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland.

The EDM star has hailed his close friend and colleague a "talented humble generous and discreet human being (sic)".

Alongside a picture of the pair, Guetta wrote on Instagram: "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. (sic)"

Guetta admitted he was feeling "very lonely" and was "crying" in bed after hearing the sad news.

He continued: "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. (sic)"

Watch a special video message from Fred Rister during his music video for I Want A Miracle ft. Sam Martin & Chris Willis, below:

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