The 2013 radio hit Wake Me Up isn’t just a catchy song; it’s also what Avicii fans are no doubt feeling after hearing this sad news. The Associated Press is reporting that 28-year-old Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.
His publicist released the following statement confirming the news:
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. 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.”
Police are still investigating his death. Avicii has suffered in the past with acute pancreatitis, which was in part caused by excessive drinking. In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed. He quit touring in 2016, but continued to make music in studio and was one of the highest-paid DJs in the world. Avicii began producing music at 16, and started touring when he was 18. He told Billboard in 2016:
“When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”
He’s collaborated with many, including Madonna and Coldplay. Avicii has been nominated for two Grammy awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, and one Billboard Music Award, which he just received a few days ago. He was also the subject of a documentary released last year titled Avicii: True Stories, which happened to touch on his health issues and struggles with fame. Many of Avicii’s peers in the EDM and dance world have expressed their condolences for his passing.
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away….?
Thoughts go out to his family and friends…
— Zedd (@Zedd) April 20, 2018
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii 🙁 Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018
At a loss for words…Rest easy brother ? @Avicii
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) April 20, 2018
This is a real, true gone-but-not-forgotten situation. Because even though Avicii is no longer with us on Earth, his music will remain. Specifically his song “Levels.” It’s everywhere, always. Every mall, every club, every Spring Break. I’m almost sure it’s the unofficial soundtrack to being inside an Uber on a Saturday night.
Rest in peace, Avicii.