Swedish DJ Avicii, has died at age of 28 on Friday, April 20. His publicist has confirmed the news.
"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."
Avicii was one of the most successful touring DJs in the industry, and worked with artists including Madonna. He had a crossover pop hit in 2013 with "Wake Me Up." Social media tributes from fellow musicians and artists poured in as soon as the news broke on Friday afternoon.
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) 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
Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 20, 2018
Damn Dude RIP #Avicii 🙏🏽— DJ Pauly D (@DJPaulyD) April 20, 2018
The DJ retired from performing in 2016 after a string of health issues, including acute pancreatitis, but explained in a 2017 posting on his website that he had no intention of giving up music completely, writing
"We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters the most to us.""For me it's creating music," he wrote. "That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do."
Rest In Peace Avicii.