Avicii dead at 28

Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died this afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“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.”

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He had retired from live performing in 2016, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

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DJ Avicii spins at Marquee on June 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 01: In this handout photo provided by (RED) Avicii poses backstage for DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES during Stereosonic 2012 at Melbourne Showgrounds on December 1, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kane Hibberd/(RED) via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: DJ Avicii performs during mPowering Action, a global mobile youth movement at Grammy Week launch, featuring performances by Timbaland and Avicii at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Tribal Brands)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Avicii performs at the MLB Fan Cave on October 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Tim Bergling attends a basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: General views outside Avicii Hotel where Avicii was scheduled to perform but cancelled last minute and was reportedly taken to the hopsital at SLS South Beach on March 27, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 17: Tim Bergling aka Avicii performs during the 2012 Buku Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World on March 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: Tim Bergling aka DJ Avicii backstage during Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/FilmMagic)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Tim Bergling aka Avicii attends the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: DJ Avicii poses with TJX Rewards (R) Platinum MasterCard Card holders at the MasterCard Lounge at Westwood One Backstage on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCard)
Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and singer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii' performs at the Sziget music festival on the Hajogyar Island of Budapest on August 14, 2015. This cultural event takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube river, in the heart of Budapest. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Avicii attends the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on June 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: DJ Avicii backstage at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. iHeartRadio Music Awards are being broadcast live on NBC. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Recording artist Avicii accepts the Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist award onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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“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.”

Bergling was born in Stockholm on Sept. 8, 1989. He began DJing as a teenager and released his first single in 2007. He released a large number of singles and remixes in the following years and rapidly built a reputation as a live act. He broke through with his 2010 hit “Seek Bromance,” which charted in several European countries; he signed a publishing deal with EMI the same year. He explained his chosen DJ name as “the lowest level of Buddhist hell,” chosen because his real name was already being used by another Tim Bergling on MySpace.

His 2011 single “Levels,” which was later nominated for a Grammy Award, vaulted him into the mainstream, charting in multiple European coutnries and topping the chart in his native Sweden. “Sunshine,” his 2012 collaboration with David Guetta, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. In September of that year, he became the first DJ to headline New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall; at those two shows, he previewed a new song with Mike Posner called titled “Stay with You.”

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“Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.” Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them. For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend. Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again. I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts. Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real 💔 #ripavicii #avicii @avicii
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My hear… https://t.co/v4kho3FXmq
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I was just told my dear friend Tim @avicii just passed away. Please let this be a hoax. If not #RIPAVICII one of the best natural melody...
Devastated hearing the sad news of @Avicii passing. 😭 Such a sweet soul with a big heart & incredible talent. So many amazing memories together. My thoughts & prayers are with his family. Rest In Peace my friend🙏
RIP Tim. You were a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit. Fond memories of creating music w @Avicii and… https://t.co/GPptw0J2yQ
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away....💔 Thoughts go out to his family and friends...
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
can't really describe in words how sad I feel right now.. thank you for inspiring me and millions others. RIP @avicii 😔❤️
Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young ... what a talent he was. rest in peace x
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I cannot express enough that @Avicii revolutionized dance music, and effortlessly. An unparalleled writer and one o… https://t.co/1dF12uB1Sr
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. @Avicii was talented and kind, and I was genuinely excited to see what would come next from him. His future most… https://t.co/zuSgn39WBZ
Damn Dude RIP #Avicii 🙏🏽
At a loss for words...Rest easy brother 😪 @Avicii
Avicii contributed incredible art to this world. devastated to hear about this. Rest In Peace. X
I am shocked. RIP @Avicii
I am both shocked and horrified at this news... RIP Avicii - What a loss for this world. https://t.co/U2VgghW1FM
Damn this is such terrible news. Such an an inspiration to so many including myself. May you Rest In Paradise #ripavicii 🙏❤️
RIP Avicii. I have so many great memories to his music.
No words... May you rest in peace legend 💔 @Avicii
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody… https://t.co/fOtDIs9Iem
Rest in peace, Avicii. We lost a legend.
oh no, Avicii :( He made such a massive mark on the world at such a young age. I feel so sad for his family and friends.
RIP @Avicii you will be insanely missed...my deepest condolences to his family.
Rest In Peace @Avicii - u inspired some of my writing and I’m sure thousands of others, u will be missed
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody… https://t.co/fOtDIs9Iem
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His proper debut album, “True,” was released on September 2013, much of which was previewed during his headlining set at the Ultra Music Festival earlier that year. The albu featured “Wake Me Up,” a collaboration with Aloe Blacc, which topped the charts in multiple countries across the world and was No. 1 for a record 14 weeks on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart; it was also the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013. Other singers on the album included Adam Lambert and Audra Mae.

However, as his popularity rose his health declined. He was hospitalized in March 2014 and cancelled several tour appearances; not lon after, he collaborated with Carlos Santana and Wyclef on the official FIFA World Cut Anthem “We Will Find a Way.” Also that year he produced a song on Coldplay’s album “Ghost Stories.” He released his second full-length, “Stories,” in October 2015.

In March of 2016 he performed at Ultra Music Festival, premiering new material, but 10 days later announced that he was retiring from performing. He made a final live appearance in August in Ibiza. In December he parted ways with longtime manager Ash Pournouri.

In August of 2017 he released a six-track EP entitled “Avici,” and followed a month later with a full-length documentary entitled “True Stories,” which was largely about his retirement.

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Swedish DJ Avicii performs at Rock in Rio Lisboa 2016 music festival in Lisbon, Portugal on May 29, 2016. (Photo by Pedro Fi�za/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 14: Dj Avicii aka Tim Bergling performs on stage during day five of Sziget festval at Obudai Island on August 14, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Didier Messens/Redferns)
LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 29: Fans enjoy the Avicci performance on Mundo stage at Rock in Rio on May 29, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Pedro Gomes/Redferns)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 19: DJ Avicii (C) backstage at the Ultra Music Festival 2016 on March 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/WireImage)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 14: Fans cheer during the performance of Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii' during day five of Sziget festval at Obudai Island on August 14, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Didier Messens/Redferns)
Fans cheer during the performance of Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii' at the Sziget music festival on the Hajogyar Island of Budapest on August 14, 2015. This cultural event takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube river, in the heart of Budapest. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 25: Avicii performs on stage during day 2 of Hard Rock Rising at Platja De Sant Adria on July 25, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Avicii performs on Day 2 of the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: The crowd enjoying the atmosphere on Day 2 of New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: The atmosphere as Avicii performs headlining the main stage at the end of Day 2 of Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 8: Avicii performs at the Melbourne leg of the Future Music 2015 tour on March 08, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. PHOTOGRAPH BY Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs onstage during the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Music Center on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Avicii performs at Roseland Ballroom on October 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Avicii performs at the MLB Fan Cave on October 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: General view of the crowd during Microsoft Live! at Advertising Week featuring music from Avicii with Cazzette at Roseland Ballroom on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Microsoft)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Avicii performs during Electric Zoo 2013 at Randall's Island on August 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22: Fans appear during a set by DJ/producer Avicii at the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 22, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, CA - JUNE 22: DJ/Producer AVICII aka. Tim Bergling performs during the 17th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 22, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
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