Swedish EDM DJ Avicii, born Tim Bergling, has died at age 28 on Friday, April 20, confirmed by his publicist Diana Baron.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Baron said in a statement. “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.”
DJ Avicii debuted in the late ’00s, releasing music on the Laidback Luke Forum, where DJs and producers would post music for feedback. His progressive house track “Levels” debuted at No. 1on the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart in 2011. In 2012, Avicii became the first electronic artist to headline New York City’s storied Radio City Music Hall. His collaboration with David Guetta, “Sunshine” earned him a Grammy nomination as well.
Many of his friends and peers have taken to their social media accounts to send their condolences to Avicii and his family after hearing about the shocking news.
Through the later years of his life, Avicii’s health issues were known to the public. He suffered from acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He canceled numerous shows in order to recover after having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. In March of 2016, Avicii decided to retire from touring entirely in an emotional letter.
“To me, it was something I had to do for my health,” Bergling revealed The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “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. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”