Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who frequently carried out in Las Vegas, died Friday, April 20, 2018.
Released Friday, April 20, 2018|11:10 a.m.
Updated 4 hours, 29 minutes ago
Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who carried out sold-out performances for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28.
Press agent Diana Baron said in a declaration that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was discovered dead in Muscat, Oman.
“It is with profound sorrow that we reveal the loss of Tim Bergling, likewise referred to as Avicii,” the declaration read. “The family is devastated and we ask everybody to please regard their need for privacy in this tough time. No even more declarations will be provided.”
No more details about the death were supplied. Oman cops and state media had no instant report late Friday night on the artist’s death.
Avicii was an international pop star, performing his widely known electronic dance tunes worldwide for die-hard fans, sometimes hundreds of thousands at music festivals, where he was the heading act. His popular sound even sent him to the top of the charts and landed onto U.S. radio: His most acknowledged tune, the country-dance mashup “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 7 Top 10 hits.
However in 2016, the entertainer announced he was retiring from the road. He continued to produce songs and albums.
Avicii was 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, fame, awards and more like typical pop stars.
Avicii made his first Grammy nomination at the 2012 program– for a collaboration with Guetta. It was around the time he gained more popularity for the Etta James-sampled dance jam, “Le7els,” which reached No. 1 in Sweden.
He continued to collaborate with more high-profile acts, producing Madonna’s “Devil Pray” and the Coldplay hits, “A Sky Loaded With Stars” and “Hymn for the Weekend.” He was even part of Mike Posner’s megahit “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” which included the lyrics: “I took a pill in Ibiza/To show Avicii I was cool.” The song was based off Posner’s true story at an Avicii show in Ibiza.
Avicii constructed a strong musical and personal friendship with Nile Rodgers, who called Avicii his “little bro” in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.
“I’m surprised because I don’t know medically exactly what took place, but I can just say as a person, as a pal, and more notably, as a musician, Tim was one of the greatest, natural melody writers I’ve ever dealt with, and I’ve dealt with a few of the most fantastic artists on this world,” Rodgers stated.
Avicii had in the past suffered severe pancreatitis, in part due to extreme drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix eliminated in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in effort to recuperate.
“It’s been an extremely crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started exploring when I was 18. From that point on, I just delved into One Hundred Percent,” Avicii informed The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “When I review my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the very best time of my life in a sense. It included a price – a great deal of stress a lot of stress and anxiety for me – however it was the very best journey of my life.”
Rodgers said his last efficiency with Avicii– about three years earlier– upset him because of Avicii’s drinking.
“It was a bit sad to me since he had actually assured me he would stop drinking, when I saw him he was drunk that night. And I resembled, ‘Whoa. Dude. C’mon. Exactly what are you doing? What’s going on? You stated that was done,'” Rodgers recalled. “We did a show and I was a little upset. I didn’t even remain for his performance because it was breaking my heart. But we still had a good time. It was wonderful– we were that close.”
In 2015, Avicii published this message on his website, guaranteeing to keep producing: “The next phase will be everything about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something brand-new.”
Fans and members of the music community grieved his death on social media Friday.
“Something actually awful took place. We lost a good friend with such a stunning heart and the world lost an exceptionally talented musician,” Guetta composed on Instagram. “Thank you for your beautiful tunes, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as djs or simply delighting in life as good friends. RIP @avicii.”
Calvin Harris called Avicii “a beautiful soul, enthusiastic and incredibly talented with a lot more to do.” Ellie Goulding wrote that Avicii “influenced so many people. Desire I could have said that to you personally.”
Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, who knew Avicii from dipping into their wedding, said they were distressed by his death.
“We are grateful that we was familiar with him and appreciated him as an artist and the terrific individual he was. He made our wedding event extraordinary with his fantastic music. Our hottest ideas go to his household,” they stated in a joint statement.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called the lost star “one of Sweden’s greatest musicians”.
Avicii, a two-time Grammy candidate, won 2 MTV Europe Music Awards and one Signboard Music Award. His death comes just days after he was chosen for a 2018 Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01 ).”
Avicii is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary “Avicii: True Stories.”
Muscat, where Avicii passed away, is the capital of the sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a popular holiday destination on the Arabian Sea.