Swedish DJ Avicii, born Tim Berglund, has died at only age 28.
The news has shocked the dance music community.
His publicist confirmed his death on Friday, April 20.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Diana Baron, his publicist said in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20. 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 announced his retirement from touring and live shows in 2016. He was hospitalized in Miami in 2014 and was forced to cancel his headlining slot at Ultra Music Festival due to severe abdominal pain from gall bladder blockage.
A statement released by his label, Sony, reads: “We are mourning the incredibly sad loss of an exceptionally creative talent who we have been honored and proud to represent as one of our songwriters for a number of years. Our thoughts are with his family at this time”
The whole of the dance music is currently paying tribute to the star.
Who was Avicii?
- One of the biggest names in dance music of the last 10 years, he had a catalogue full of pumping, uplifting, house smashes
- He started his career when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008
- He went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour
- He was nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones
- He suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking