Swedish DJ and producer Avicii has passed away suddenly.
His publicist confirmed the news to Billboard. Real name Tim Bergling, the Grammy-nominated EDM star was 28 and in Oman at the time of his death on Friday (April 20). A cause of death is not currently known.
A 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’s music publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing has issued the following statement: “We are mourning the incredibly sad loss of an exceptionally creative talent who we have been honored and proud to represent as one of our songwriters for a number of years. Our thoughts are with his family at this time”.
In 2016, Avicii retired from performing live. Reports at the time suggested that the star had suffered from health problems, including “acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking”. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
Harris described him as “a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do”. Deadmau5 said that “nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music”.
“A real groundbreaker and influencer to all your peers… You are the only one to always make timeless songs,” Diplo wrote. “You were the gold standard . You made me want try and make dance music… I know you had your demons and maybe this wasn’t the right place for you sometimes, but we need to protect true artists like you at all costs because there are not enough left and we are losing too many”.
More details as they emerge…