Swedish musician and phenomenal DJ, Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name, Avicii has been pronounced dead at age 28, according to a statement by his representative.
The star died Friday afternoon in Oman’s capital, Muscat, under unclear circumstances, according to a statement.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “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 crossed the international threshold with his colossal hit ‘Levels’ in 2013, though he had a previous breakthrough the year before with ‘Sunshine’ alongside the respected industry heavyweight, David Guetta. One of the most successful electronic dance-music artists of all time, has consistently ranked on the Billboard 200 as well as in the top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists.
His last upload on YouTube was 7 months ago, exploring the life of Avicii who was admittedly weary of fame and bagan having some health issues which led him to retire from live performances back in 2016, choosing instead to focus on studio work.
Bergling was born in Stockholm, Sweden on Sept. 8, 1989 and began DJing as a teenager, releasing his first single in 2007. In 2010 he hit a musical goldmine with “Seek Bromance,” after which he signed a publishing deal with EMI.
Avicii’s final performance was at the 2016 Ultra Music Festival. In August of 2017 he released a six-track EP entitled “Avici,”, followed by a documentary called “True Stories,” which is largely about his retirement. Following this release, Avicii had been nominated for a 2018 Billboard Music Award for Top Dance / Electronic Album.
Listen to a tribute playlist of some of his music HERE