Singer Tonton David died on Tuesday, February 16. Sunday, while returning from Paris where he recorded his last album, he suffered a stroke when he got off his train at Metz station. According to relatives, he had been tired for several days, complaining of headaches.
Transferred to Nancy hospital, the 53-year-old singer was apparently already brain dead. Doctors tried to keep him alive, long enough for his family to say goodbye to him.
His death confirmed in the evening
All day Tuesday, the announcement of his death was relayed on social networks by many friends. However, it was not until the evening that his death was confirmed to AFP by one of his children and his former manager.
Uncle David was born in Reunion on October 12, 1967, but it was in Moselle that the artist, made famous by the hits “Sûr et certain” and “Each his route” in the mid-1990s, had chosen to put down your suitcases with your family.
One of his last concerts took place at the Espace Théodore-Gouvy in Freyming-Merlebach in September 2020. Around fifty places were then offered to caregivers to thank them for their mobilization during the first wave of Covid-19.
Mosellan by adoption
For several years now, the singer-songwriter has been a regular at events in Lorraine: at the reggae festivals in Bibiche, Musikodouv in Pange, concerts in Créhange, at the mirabelle festival in Hellering-lès-Fénétrange, in this Sarrebourg region which was expensive and where he lived for several years, in Bettborn. The artist with multiple caps was also passionate about football: he notably participated in the inauguration of the Illange football stadium near Thionville and the launch of a French Cup match in Sarreguemines …
“The choice to be quiet”
In recent years, he lived in Moselle East, and had created a small recording studio. “In Longeville-lès-Saint-Avold, I am getting closer to Metz. I made the choice to be quiet. At 20, I could have some dreams of fame and wealth. But what matters is to be an example to my children ”, confided the singer of reggae and dancehall in an interview with the Republican Lorrain in April 2016.
Considered a full Mosellan, far from the world of show bizz, David Grammont had many friends in the Saint-Avold area, he was a regular at family restaurants, football stadiums and above all, he remained a tireless enthusiast. of music, always ready to resume its journey. He will be missed by many. Have a good trip Uncle David …