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We might as well wake up when it’s all over. Avicii (or Tim Bergling), one of the world’s most prominent and successful DJs, has passed away at the age of 28.

Following his early retirement from touring two years ago, the Swedish DJ was found dead Friday, April 20, in Muscat, Oman.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. 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,” his publicist said.

As of writing, no cause of death has been specified or why the dance music superstar is in the Gulf sultanate.

Shortly after Avicii’s death made headlines, fellow musicians took to Twitter to honor the artist.

“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,” Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris tweeted.

“No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away. Thoughts go out to his family and friends,” DJ, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Zedd wrote.

“Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans,” English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa said in a tweet.

“Devastated at the news of Avicii passing. Working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. Far too young. The world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art. Sending all my love to his friends and family,” American rock band Imagine Dragons tweeted.

“Can’t really describe in words how sad I feel right now. Thank you for inspiring me and millions others. RIP, Avicii,” EDM youngster Martin Garrix wrote.

Avicii, dubbed by  The Guardian as the “EDM poster boy,” is credited for pushing electronic dance music into global mainstream. He struggled, however, to cope with fame and the hard-partying lifestyle. He’s revealed that his health problems included pancreatitis due in part to excessive drinking. He also had to cancel shows in 2014 to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

His decision to leave the live music scene back in 2016 – at only 26 years old – stunned his fans. “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,” he told music magazine Billboard after his decision.

He later clarified that quitting stage performance did not mean his music was over. He returned to the more quiet life of a studio artist, releasing an EP featuring British pop singer Rita Ora in 2017.

The musical genius behind global EDM hits Levels, Fade Into Darkness and Silhouettes, Avicii has also co-produced Madonna’s latest album Rebel Heart, as well as Coldplay’s “Sky Full of Stars.” He was also nominated for two Grammys for “Sunshine” with David Guetta  in 2012 and for “Levels” in 2013.

Photo from Avicii


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