Avicii, a world-famous producer and DJ, was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Avicii, born Tim Bergling in Sweden, was 28 years old.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” a statement from his rep 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.”
He mostly made EDM music but he also had pop hits including the song "Wake Me Up” in 2013.
According to Avicii’s PR firm, the musician is one of the “most recognizable DJs and producers in the world,” one who has millions of records. Despite that impressive fact, the firm went on to state that Avicii is naturally shy and has struggled with life on the road. He even announced that he was retiring from touring in 2016, after dealing with health issues including pancreatitis. Avicii told Time in 2013 that his pancreatitis stemmed from excessive drinking.
"It's very easy to become too attached to partying," Avicii told Rolling Stone last year. "You become lonely and get anxieties. It becomes toxic."
On the main page of his website, Avicii states, “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 [sic] 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.”
Now, the uplifting words appear tragic.
Musicians, including fellow EDM DJ Calvin Harris, and fans took to Twitter to grieve the loss of the musician.
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