Tim Bergling, the Grammy nominated Swedish DJ better known as Avicii, died Friday (20 April 2018) in Muscat. News of his death shocked the EDM community and fans, particularly in Europe, where he was a popular attraction at festivals and dance clubs.
Avicii was one of the most successful touring DJs in the industry, working with artists including Madonna. He had a crossover pop hit in 2013 with “Wake Me Up.”
Who was Avicii?
* One of the biggest names in dance music of the last 10 years, he had a catalogue full of pumping, uplifting, house smashes
* He started his career when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008
* Avicii went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour
* He was nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones
* The music star suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking
* He later announced a return to the studio, and released a new self-titled EP in 2017.
* The EP, Avĩci (01), was nominated for a Billboard music award for top electronic album just days before his death.
* Avicii won a number of American Music Awards, Billboard music awards and MTV Europe Music awards for his EDM work. He also collaborated with Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean on the official anthem for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil, “We Will Find a Way.”
How did the Wake Me Up DJ die?
* Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on April 20 2018.
* No details were released about his death, but his publicist said: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.
* 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.”
What illness did he have?
In 2017 Aviici stopped touring and live performances after being diagnosed with pancreatitis from excessive drinking.
The social media tributes from fellow musicians and artists poured in as soon as the news broke on Friday afternoon. Some tweets have been shared thousands of times.
Can’t believe this, I’m gonna miss you so bad. From your first show where we played together, to all the amazing memories we shared. Thank you for changing the world with your amazing music and for being such an inspiration. I’m gonna miss you brother, until we meet again! ❤ pic.twitter.com/FjJyLA5Ohc
— Hardwell (@HARDWELL) April 20, 2018
Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 20, 2018
R.I.P Avicii 😣 I can’t believe this…. You were taken from us way too soon. You’ll never be forgotten man. This hurts 💔
— Dante D’Angelo💧 (@itsdantedangelo) April 20, 2018
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii’s family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young … what a talent he was. rest in peace x
— Liam (@LiamPayne) 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
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