Swedish DJ-producer Avicii has passed away at age 28, his publicist Diana Baron confirms.
“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.”
Born as Tim Bergling in 1989, Avicii was one of the most successful electronic-dance artist, working with Madonna, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz and many others.
He hit international fame in 2011 with the release of “Levels”. Two years later, another smash hit was released: “Wake me up” featuring Aloe Blacc.
In his career, Avicii released two studio albums: “True” (2013) and “Stories” (2015).
In 2016, he retired from live performing citing health reasons.
“Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much” he explained. “Then I got a pancreatitis attack, which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”
In reaction to his death, many celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their shock and sadness.