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Avicii: 1989 – 2018

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.