Swedish DJ and producer Avicii has died at 28 years old. His publicist broke the news in a statement that said he was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday afternoon. At this time, his cause of death has not been revealed.
The statement reads: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, began releasing music on the Laidback Luke Forum in the late 2000’s, where DJs and producers posted music online and sought feedback from their peers. In 2011, he found crossover success with his single “Levels,” which peaked at No. 1 in his native Sweden and on the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. It also earned him a Grammy nomination.
In 2013 he released his debut studio album, True, which featured hit single “Wake Me Up!” featuring Aloe Blacc. He released the follow-up, Stories, in 2015. During this time, Avicii faced several health issues that were well known to the public. He suffered from acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking. He canceled several shows in 2014 to recover from having his gallbladder and appendix removed. In 2016, he revealed he would retire from touring. In 2017, he released his last output, Avīci (01) EP.
Along with his own work, the DJ collaborated with several notable artists throughout his career like Coldplay (“A Sky Full of Stars,” “Hymn for the Weekend”), Wyclef Jean and Santana (the 2014 World Cup anthem “Dar um Jeito”) Madonna, Robyn, Major Lazer and Daft Punk. “Sunshine,” a collaboration with David Guetta, earned a Best Dance Recording Grammy nomination in 2012.
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