Our hearts are breaking: Artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling aka Avicii has passed away at 28.
A statement was released by his publicist Diana Baron, confirming the sad news:
“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.”
Avicii broke through the music scene with “Levels” in 2011, which was a massive hit all over the globe and earned him critical acclaim. He quickly became one of the industry’s most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time, creating massive hits, doing amazing collabs with many artists, and staging incredible shows and tours.
He was at his peak – but was also dealing with health concerns at the same time. He was hospitalized many times throughout the years, and even had to cancel on performances and projects because of them. He eventually retired from live performing in 2016, in large part because of his health.
Last year, Avicii posted the following on 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.”
More Info On Avicii’s Death; DJ Discussed Health In Final Interviews
Police in Oman have ruled out “criminal suspicion” in the death of Swedish DJ Avicii Friday (April 20).
Avicii (real name: Tim Bergling) passed away at the age of 28 while on vacation in the Oman capital of Muscat. Health issues had been plaguing the successful artist for years – he went into early retirement from touring in 2016 in large part because of them.
Avicii suffered from acute pancreatitis, partly due to excessive drinking.
Royal Oman police disclosed to CNN:
“Two postmortems were carried out … and we can confirm that there is no criminal suspicion in the death.”
The cause of death has not been revealed. His family is now in Oman to claim his remains.
In 2016, Avicii opened up about his health and early retirement from touring in one of his final interviews, telling THR:
“To me it was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
He added that he felt “happy” and “free” as he was going to be able to focus on himself again after a very long time.
A year later in 2017, Avicii gave BBC Radio 1 an update:
“This is the first year I felt like I’ve been able to kind of live normally for the first time in eight years or something, so it’s been really cool to have a year off.”
Sending our deepest condolences to his loved ones at this difficult time.