Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, best known by his stage name Avicii, died on Friday. The musician was only 28 years old.
Avicii’s publicist Diana Baron released a statement today confirming the sad news, writing “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.”
It’s unclear why Avicii was in Oman and no details about a possible sickness have been given, although in 2016, the world famous DJ announced that he was no longer touring due to health issues, instead focusing on spending time in the recording studio making new music.
An artist who became known for bridging the gap between classical jazz hits and electronica, Avicii rose to fame in 2011 thanks to his breakout track “Levels,” which featured vocals from Etta James’ 1962 gospel song “Something’s Got A Hold On Me.” The song was later nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Following the release of “Levels,” Avicii teamed up with fellow DJ David Guetta for the track “Sunshine,” which earned the pair a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. Avicii quickly became a mainstay at music festivals like Ultra and Lollapalooza, teaming up with artists from a variety of backgrounds for collaborations including Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Coldplay, Zac Brown Band, Wyclef Jean, and Leona Lewis.
In 2013, Avicii and Aloe Blacc released their massive hit “Wake Me Up,” setting a record for the most weeks spent at the top of the Billboard Dance Chart. Avicii followed up the single with another hit, this time working with Dan Tyminski on “Hey Brother,” which won Best Electronic at the MTV EMAs.
Talented both as a DJ and producer, Avicii’s impressive collection of work extended beyond his two albums to include projects with rock and pop artists. In 2016, Avicii worked with Coldplay on the dreamy and theatrical “Hymn For The Weeknd,” producing the single from the English band’s A Head Full of Dreams.
With news of the young musician’s shocking death quickly spreading, many of his fans and friends have begun sharing their grief and memories of Avicii on social media.
At a loss for words…Rest easy brother @Avicii
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) 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
Devastating news.. Rest In Peace Avicii, you were an inspiration!
— Dyro (@Dyro) April 20, 2018
Terribly sad news about Avicii. Such a talent and great guy. RIP
— Max George (@MaxGeorge) April 20, 2018
— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) April 20, 2018
Damn Dude RIP #Avicii
— DJ Pauly D (@DJPaulyD) April 20, 2018
Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young … what a talent he was. rest in peace x
— Liam (@LiamPayne) 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