Acclaimed DJ-Producer Avicii, who until his retirement from the road in 2016 was a frequent headliner at EDM festivals, has been found dead at age 28.
Born Tim Bergling, the Swede who had massive success on US pop radio, was found in Muscat, Oman as confirmed by his publicist Diana Baron.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement read. “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 was part of a wave of EDM DJ-Producers such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, who transcended the decks and became pop stars in their own right. His biggest hit ‘Wake Me Up’ reached #4 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, and he had seven Top 10 hits on the dance charts.
Avicii last released six-track EP Avīci (01) in 2017. The album was nominated for a Billboard Music Award in the category of top dance/electronic album.
Last year, he posted on his website: “The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”
The last time Avicii was in KL was back in 2013 for a solo concert organised by We Love Asia. Before that, he was one of two headliners (the other being JUSTICE) at Heineken Thirst 2012–where we spoke to him in-person before the show.
“Something really horrible happened. We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician,” wrote Guetta on Instagram. “Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as djs or just enjoying life as friends. RIP @avicii.”
Our heartfelt condolences goes out to all the fans and loved ones of Avicii.