Swedish DJ-producer Avicii has passed away at age 28, his publicist Diana Baron confirms.
“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.”
Born as Tim Bergling in 1989, Avicii was one of the most successful electronic-dance artist, working with Madonna, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz and many others.
He hit international fame in 2011 with the release of “Levels”. Two years later, another smash hit was released: “Wake me up” featuring Aloe Blacc.
In his career, Avicii released two studio albums: “True” (2013) and “Stories” (2015).
In 2016, he retired from live performing citing health reasons.
“Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much” he explained. “Then I got a pancreatitis attack, which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”
In reaction to his death, many celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their shock and sadness.
So Sad....... So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. 💙 Gone too Soon. pic.twitter.com/l7FDKCu6K4— Madonna (@Madonna) April 20, 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) April 20, 2018
Something really horrible happened. We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician. Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as djs or just enjoying life as friends.— David Guetta (@davidguetta) April 20, 2018
RIP @Avicii pic.twitter.com/IGiTYetJcq
Words can not describe how I feel right now..I am gonna miss you brother ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AjBgXi5gVR— Tiësto (@tiesto) April 20, 2018