Artist, DJ and producer from Sweden Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died this afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28 years old.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “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.”
In 2016 he had retired from performing live music saying “I was nervous when I made the announcement, mainly that I would look ungrateful. But I've gotten so many supportive texts from friends in the industry, other DJs, other artists. The fan response has been incredible. And even the press response has been incredible. So yeah, its been a lot better than I expected.”
His health was one of the reasons for his retirement, Avicii had suffered from very public health problems for the past few years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover.
Avicii also said “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.”
Tim Bergling was far from healthy but he was trying to enjoy life as it is “I just feel happy. I feel free at this point. Like I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time in a long time,” he says. “This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I'm happier than I have been in a very very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time. I can't say I'm never going to have a show again. I just don't think I'm going to go back to the touring life.”
He posted the following statement on his website last year:
“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.”
Tim Bergling was born 8 September 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden. Avicii's publicist Ebba Lindqvist confirmed that he had died at the age of 28.
No Cause of death has yet been announced.
Tim Bergling built a powerful following with his amazing tunes. A talented musician, he was skilled with both digital and traditional musical tools, merging the past and the present into songs that often touched the very soul of his audience.
His tracks focus on the power and intense experiences of being young. For example his famous song "Wake Me Up" is a reply to the typical comment of older generations that "you'll understand when you're older". Avicii called out the hypocrisies of some members of the older generations and flaunted the powerful, progressive, emotional beauty of being young and full of life. His track "Sunshine", for which he and David Guetta won a Grammy, celebrates young love and passion.
Although he has left us far too soon, his memory lives on through his music.