Swedish DJ Avicii dies at age 28

World-renowned, Grammy-nominated DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, 28, died Friday in Muscat, Oman. His publicist confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. 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.”

In January 2012, he was hospitalized for acute pancreatitis, reportedly due to heavy drinking. In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed. Avicii announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring and live DJ as he suffered from health problems. Although he stopped touring, he continued to release music.

He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016: “To me it was something I had to do for my health. 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.”

His most recognized song, Wake Me Up, was a multi-platinum success and held the fourth spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. His cause of death is yet to be determined.

Following the heartbreaking news of his untimely death, his fellow artists, celebrities and friends shared their sadness at the loss of the young producer, who began making hits at just 16 years old. Calvin Harris, Rita Ora, Charlie Puth, Steve Aoki and Liam Payne are among the celebs who paid tribute to Avicii on social media. ~Marriska Fernandes

 

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  1. Marina • April 22, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

    I prey for you Tim Berling

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