New York City (AP)– Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who carried out sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the globe and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28.
Press agent Diana Baron stated in a statement that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.
“It is with extensive grief that we reveal the loss of Tim Bergling, likewise known as Avicii,” the declaration read. “The household is devastated and we ask everybody to please respect their need for personal privacy in this challenging time. No further declarations will be offered.”
No more information about the death were supplied. Oman police and state media had no instant report late Friday night on the artist’s death.
Avicii was an international pop star, performing his popular electronic dance songs around the globe for feverish fans, in some cases numerous thousands at the music celebrations, where he was the heading act. His popular noise even sent him to the top of the charts and landed onto U.S. radio: His most acknowledged tune, “Wake Me Up,” was a multi-platinum success and peaked at No. 4 on Signboard’s Hot 100 chart. On the dance charts, he had seven Leading 10 hits.
He became part of the wave of DJ-producers, like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish Home Mafia, who broke out on the scene as lead entertainers in their own right, making worldwide hits, popularity, awards and more like typical pop stars.
Avicii even collaborated with high-profile acts, producing Madonna’s “Devil Pray” and the Coldplay hits “A Sky Loaded With Stars” and “Hymn for the Weekend.”
Avicii was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, 2 MTV Europe Music Awards and one Signboard Music Award.
His death comes simply days after he was chosen for a 2018 Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01 ).” He was chosen along with his peers, who have actually taken EDM mainstream of late– The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and Kygo.
He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary “Avicii: Real Stories.”
Avicii had in the previous suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix eliminated in 2014, he canceled a series of programs in an attempt to recover. He stopped touring in 2016 however continued making music in the studio.
“It’s been a very insane journey. I began producing when I was 16. I started exploring when I was 18. From that point on, I simply delved into 100 percent,” Avicii informed Billboard magazine in 2016.
“When I review my life, I believe: whoa, did I do that? It was the very best time of my life in a sense. It featured a price – a lot of tension a lot of stress and anxiety for me – but it was the very best journey of my life.”
In 2015, he posted this message on his website, guaranteeing to keep developing: “The next phase will be everything about my love of making music to you people. It is the beginning of something new.”
Muscat, where Avicii died, is the capital of the sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, is a popular vacation location on the Arabian Sea.
AP Home Entertainment Author Mark Kennedy and AP Writer Jon Gambrell contributed to this report.