According to the Associated Press, Swedish-born producer and DJ, Avicii, also known as Tim Bergling, has been found dead in Muscat, Oman. He was 28 years old.
His publicist Diana Baron broke the news in a statement today but has not identified the cause of death, saying only that his family is devasted and to respect his family’s need for privacy at this time.
The Associated Press said that Avicii had suffered from acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking in the past, but whether that was the cause of death has not been made clear. In 2014, he canceled shows to recover from having his gallbladder and appendix removed. In 2016, Avicii quit touring for good and continued to work from his studio.
His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01).”
In the words of the Associated Press, “Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of [a] worldwide arena tour. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was ‘Le7els.’”
Avicii wrote several hit songs including “Wake Me Up!” ”The Days” and “You Make Me.” He was also the subject of a documentary in 2017 by Levan Tsikurishvil called “Avicii: True Stories.”
In an interview with Billboard Magazine in 2016, Avicii said, “It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent. 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.”