[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at age 28 on Friday, April 20, his publicist confirmed.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. “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.”
Avicii has retired from live performances in 2016 for health reasons after putting together an impressive career at such a young age. The musical act had fans the world over and was a staple at many of the major electronic musical festivals.
Per Variety, the star had struggled with health issues for several years, including acute pancreatitis which was exacerbated by excessive drinking. In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed.
In 2017, he posted the following message to his website:
“WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.
For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.
Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.
The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.
Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.”
During his career, he won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit song was “Le7els.”
Just a few days ago, he was nominated for another Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP Avicii (01).