It is a sad day for the world of Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Swedish Dj Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling was found dead Friday in Muscat, Oman. He was only 28.
His publicist, Diana Baron said in a statement, “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. The Family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.”
No details about the cause of death were mentioned in the statement.
In 2016, Bergling announced his retirement from touring because of health issues. He suffered from acute pancreatitis in part due to excessive drinking. He also cancelled several concerts to recover after having his gallbladder and appendix removed.
Avicii was from Stockholm, Sweden, his music topped charts in Europe and the U.S. His famous songs include “Wake me Up” and “Hey Brother.” In 2012, he became the first electronic musician to headline New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The artist was nominated for two Grammys during his career and was listed as one of five on Forbes list of highest-paid Dj’s.
EDM artist Calvin Harris reacted to the news calling it “devastating” and Zedd expressed not having any words to describe his sadness.