Renowned DJ Avicii Dead at 28

Swedish-born artist was found in Oman, and the circumstances are unclear
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2018 1:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. TMZ calls the 28-year-old, real name Tim Bergling, "one of the most famous DJs in the world." Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that Avicii died in Muscat, Oman, though the circumstances were unclear. Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tours, per the AP. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was "Le7els." His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP Avicii (01). He was nominated alongside his peers, who have taken EDM mainstream of late—The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and Kygo.

Avicii's hits include "Wake Me Up!" ''The Days," and "You Make Me." He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary Avicii: True Stories. Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in an attempt to recover. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio. "It's been a very crazy journey," Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016. "I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped in 100%." Last year, he posted this message on his website, promising to keep creating: "The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new." (Read more obituary stories.)

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