Music just lost a great one. Today, the famous Sweden DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, has died at 28.
According to a statement from his reps, he died in Muscat, Oman. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “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.”
Details surrounding his death are still unclear at this time, but as the story continues to develop, we will update this post.
Avicii blew up in the music scene in 2011 after dropping the progressive house track “Levels,” which hit No. 1 in his native Sweden and on the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. It even earned him a Grammy nomination. He followed up each year with consistent dance chart-topping bangers including the 2012 David Guetta collab “Sunshine” and “Wake Me Up!” featuring Aloe Blacc in 2013.
By 2015, he was working with the biggest artists in popular music including Chris Martin, Wyclef Jean, Robbie Williams, Matisyahu, Brandon Flowers, Gavin DeGraw and more on his second album Stories.
As he became one of the most successful touring DJs of all time, he sadly gave it up in 2016, due to health related issues. “The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys,” he reveals in a message on his site. “It is the beginning of something new. Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.” After retiring from touring, he would go on to drop Avïci (01) EP in 2017, his final release before his death.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Avicii’s family and loved ones.
In other music news, to celebrate Prince’s two year anniversary since passing, his original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” is now on YouTube.