'Terrible Accident' Claims Musician's Life

Sophie Xeon slipped and fell from an apartment balcony
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2021 11:52 AM CST
Grammy-Nominated Musician Dies at 34
Musician Sophie Xeon climbed a balcony to look at the moon, slipped, and fell to her death.   (Getty Images)

Sophie, the Grammy-nominated Scottish disc jockey, producer, and recording artist who had worked with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX, has died following an accident in Athens, Greece, the AP reports. She was 34. In a statement, UK label Transgressive said the musician, whose full name was Sophie Xeon, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. “Tragically, our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident," the statement said. “True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell." A police spokesperson in Athens confirmed that Sophie slipped and fell from the balcony of an apartment where she was staying and no foul play was suspected in her death. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing.

Sophie, who was born in Glasgow, began releasing music in 2013 and was best known in the early part of her career for being one of the writers of Madonna's 2015 single “Bitch I'm Madonna.” She first used her own image and vocals for the October 2017 single “It’s Okay To Cry.” The recording paved the way for Sophie's debut album, Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides. Released in June 2018, it received a Grammy nomination for best dance/electronic album. Tributes have poured in from across the LGBT community for Sophie, who was transgender and widely considered one of the most pioneering artists in the music industry. French singer/songwriter Christine and the Queens described Sophie as a “stellar producer, a visionary, a reference," who rebelled against “the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman.”

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