Swedish Dj and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist Avicii whose real name is Tim Bergling is dead. In a statement read by the Wake Me Up hit-maker’s publicist, Diana Baron, the 28 year old was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday afternoon though the cause of death remains unknown.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” she said. “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 regularly appeared on Forbes among the highest paid DJ, additionally ranked third on DJ Mag in 2012 and 2013 and received different nomination including Grammy Award for his work including Sunshine, Levels, I could be the one, hey brother, wake me up among others before announcing his retirement from touring in 2016 citing health reasons to have led to his decision.
He suffered several complications like acute pancreatitis in part due to excessive drinking and had his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.
“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. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do. Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.” Read a post on his website, avicii.com in 2017.
In a recent tweet dated April 17, the Swedish born dj thanked billboard for nominating his last album release with six-track EP dubbed Avīci (01) for the category of top dance/electronic album.