Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at age 28 on Friday, April 20, his publicist confirmed.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. “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.”
Bergling started out releasing music on Laidback Luke Forum in the late ’00s, where DJs and producers would post music and seek feedback from budding peers. In 2011, he broke through to an international audience with the progressive house track “Levels,” which hit No. 1 in his native Sweden and on the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs chart — and earned him a Grammy nod. His 2012 David Guetta collab “Sunshine” earned him a Grammy nomination as well, and that same year, he became the first electronic DJ/producer to headline New York City’s storied Radio City Music Hall.
I was saving this for a rainy day, as a celebration, but the day has come and we mourn him. Thank you @avicii, Tim, for the music and incredible melodies. Songs that will touch our hearts and will unite us forever. May you get the calm you deserve. We’ll miss you ❤ PS. Shout out to @mightyfools who are throwing in the towel today. They’ve been super open about it on their FB. This is what we need to be aware! And then possibly fix schedules, pressure, physical health and mental health! #RIPAvicii
In 2013, Avicii released his debut studio album, True, which featured the game-changing, massive international hit “Wake Me Up!” ft. Aloe Blacc. Combining EDM, folk and country music, the song became a No. 1 hit in many countries and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. His second album, Stories, dropped in 2015 and featured vocals from Chris Martin, Wyclef Jean, Robbie Williams, Matisyahu, Brandon Flowers, Gavin DeGraw and more. The EP Avīci (01) came out in Aug. 2017 and featured his Rita Ora collaboration “Lonely Together.”
Avicii’s health issues were known to the public for several years prior to his death. He suffered from acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. In 2014, he canceled numerous shows in order to recover after having his gallbladder and appendix removed.
Eventually, he decided to retire from touring entirely in an emotional letter penned in March 2016.
“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” Bergling told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
AVICII: TRUE STORIES
WAKE ME UP
Can’t believe this, I’m gonna miss you so bad. From your first show where we played together, to all the amazing memories we shared. Thank you for changing the world with your amazing music and for being such an inspiration. I’m gonna miss you brother, until we meet again! ❤ pic.twitter.com/FjJyLA5Ohc
— Hardwell (@HARDWELL) 20 april 2018
Words can not describe how I feel right now..I am gonna miss you brother ❤ pic.twitter.com/AjBgXi5gVR
— Tiësto (@tiesto) 20 april 2018
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) 20 april 2018
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii’s family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
Deeply shocked and can’t believe that dance music has lost one of its icons today. Avicii’s music changed the lives of so many people. He will be missed dearly. My sincere condolences to his family, friends & loved ones. May you find the strength you need in these difficult times pic.twitter.com/PLqYaiaLMd
— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) 20 april 2018
— Laidback Luke (@LaidbackLuke) April 20, 2018
— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) 20 april 2018
R.I.P. Avicii, a true master of melodies!! Thanks for blessing and inspiring us with one of the most wonderful sounds known to Dance Music! You will be missed! ❤
— W&W (@WandWmusic) 21 april 2018
Just landed in the US and got the news that Avicii died. I hope this is’nt real. RIP 😢 #nowords
— Dannic (@dannic) 20 april 2018