This morning Latvian Eurovision singer and television star Valters Fridenbergs passed away after losing his long fight against cancer. He was 30 years old.
Valters is best known to Eurovision fans for representing Latvia at Eurovision 2005 as part of the duo Walters and Kazha. With his singing partner Kārlis Būmeisters, the pair performed “The War is Not Over”, which went on to place fifth — Latvia’s third best Eurovision result.
Valters kept a strong connection with Eurovision. He delivered Latvia’s points in 2012 and was part of LTV’s commentary team from 2011 to 2017.
But his career involved so much more than just Eurovision. Valters was a beloved singer in Latvia. He gained popularity as a vocalist in youth bands Dzeguzite and Putnu balle.
In 2011 Valters joined the band Tumsa after their lead singer Martins Freimanis had suddenly passed away, aged 33. Freimanis was also part of Latvia’s Eurovision 2003 trio F.L.Y.
Valters received his cancer diagnosis two years ago. Following three rounds of chemotherapy and an operation, there was hope that he had pulled through. But last summer brought bad news, as the cancer had reached his lymph nodes, progressing in an even more harmful way.
Last year a fundraiser was launched to support Valters in his treatment programme. More than 100,000 euros were raised which went towards treatment at a specialist clinic in Germany.
Valters was praised for his positive attitude in the face of serious illness and he stayed involved in creative projects.
The wiwibloggs team offers our deepest condolences to Valters’ family and friends.