Justin Bieber co-writer dies aged 31 and 'will be missed beyond words'

Def Jam singer and producer August 08, real name Ray Davon Jacobs, has died aged 31.

Jacobs, who also performed under August Grant and worked with DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber throughout his career, died on August 26.

His former record label 88rising released a statement: ‘It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Ray Jacobs, also known as AUGUST 08.

‘RIP August the kindest and most talented genius you will be missed beyond words.

It continued: ‘Thank you for being an amazing mentor and a steadfast friend through all these years.

‘We are forever grateful to you and the joy you brought in every room, through every song.

‘Your energy, guidance and care gave so much inspiration and strength that will be carried on always.

‘Thank you for helping us be brave. We will miss you so much, love you August. 🕊️❤️’

Jacobs, who co-wrote Sorry for Bieber and DJ Khaled’s hit I’m the One, was also remembered by his sister – LaSherry “Joy” McKinney.

She wrote on Instagram: ‘As we all try to press through understand that we all come here to serve a soul purpose.

‘I find comfort in knowing that my brother lived a full life of abundance. He was able to travel the world, and touch millions of people while fulfilling his soul purpose as a musician,’ the emotional tribute added.

‘I am proud to have a brother who lives on through music, and I encourage you all to keep streaming his records and telling everyone how great he is.’

His mother Lafelicia Mena Jacobs thanked fans for their support during the difficult time: ‘This is August mom thank you all so much. We will be doing something great for his Fans Love Mama ❤️’

As well as working with other musicians and writing on Fashion Week by Wale and G-Eazy, Jacobs released three of his own albums. Los Angeles-born Jacobs was originally introduced to making music by a family member.

‘My cousin in Reako had fruity loops and I spent the summer at his house making beats for fun and I got hooked,’ he told Wonderland.

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