Popular Swedish DJ and electronic dance music (EDM) producer Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, died on Friday in the Omani capital of Muscat, his publicist Diana Baron confirmed in a statement but did not throw any light on the cause of death.
It was the 28-year-old musician’s first ever trip to the Gulf state where, according to sources, he was visiting friends.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” said Baron in her statement.
“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,” the statement further said.
A source in the Muscat police force has reportedly told Sky news that after two autopsies the local law enforcement agencies had absolutely no reason to suspect any foul play.
“We absolutely confirmed that there is no criminal suspicion of death,” the Sky news source is supposed to have told the website.
Reports have it that just about three hours after the celebrity Swede’s death, his older brother David Bergling – a hotelier by profession – landed in the Omani capital in “search of answers.”
Avicii had been staying at the Muscat Hills resort for about a week before his sad and untimely demise on Friday, just days after he was honored with a Billboard Music Award nomination for his EP Avicii (01) in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category.
While not much has been made known about the circumstances surrounding Avicii’s death, it is a well-documented fact that the young DJ had faced some serious health issues in the past.
Back in 2013, he had to be rushed to a Brisbane hospital in Australia where he had gone for a headlining tour of the Future Music Festival – an annual music festival featuring Australian and international artists.
He had to spend six days in the hospital, where he is supposed to have convinced doctors to defer a gallbladder removal surgery so he could fulfill his professional commitments with regards to the festival.
He had been suffering from acute pancreatitis since the age of 21, believed to have been the consequences of his drinking problem.
In a 2013 interview with Time magazine, he said, “Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in a general way too much. Then I got a pancreatitis attack [at 21], which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”
Calling it “the most painful thing’’ after the Brisbane episode, Avicii said that he was fortunate the pancreatitis was acute and not chronic or not life-threatening. “I think I will do all right with the pain medication,’’ he said.
He did, however, have his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
His 2016 announcement that he was retiring from touring because of his failing health stunned his huge fan base.
About his struggle with drinking issues, he said in an interview that “drinking became routine for me, but it’s impossible to keep up touring and drinking at the same time because you are going to crash.”
He did, however, return to the music scene not too long after that, and one of his most recent works include the single, “Lonely Together,” for which he collaborated with Rita Ora, who said she was “devastated” and “heartbroken” with the news of Avicii’s death in her tweeted condolences to the DJ’s family.
“Amazing” is the word she used to describe the making of “Lonely Together” with the Swedish celebrity.
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii's family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.
— Rita Ora ⚡️ (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
Music producer Diplo called Avicii a “real groundbreaker and influencer,” wishing that he had lived up to the age of 150 but was content in the knowledge that his music would live on forever.
“A real superstar. I know you had your demons and maybe this wasn’t the right place for you sometimes, but we need to protect true artists like you at all costs because there are not enough left and we are losing too many .. be good Tim,” he said concluding his Instagram tribute.
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You set the precedent for the rest of us producers/ opened doors and set the trends . A real groundbreaker and influencer to all your peers . You should have lived to be 150.. but your music is gonna live forever . I'm not just saying that.. but you are the only one to always make timeless songs. You were the gold standard . You made me want try and make dance music when i first heard "seek bromance" . And then u kept making feel like shit cause you kept gettin better and i couldn't even mix a snare right .. you were the best of this generation . A real superstar 🌟 I know you had your demons and maybe this wasn't the right place for you sometimes , but we need to protect true artists like you at all costs because there are not enough left and we are losing too many .. be good Tim
Some of Avicii’s career highlights include two Grammies, nine UK Top-10 singles with two top spots, a whopping 11 billion Spotify streams and the distinction of being the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour, in addition to numerous other awards and accolades he earned in his short career and, indeed, life.
Here are some of the tributes that poured in following the news of his death.
— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) April 20, 2018
So Sad……. So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. 💙 Gone too Soon. pic.twitter.com/l7FDKCu6K4
— Madonna (@Madonna) April 20, 2018
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 21, 2018
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away….💔
Thoughts go out to his family and friends…
— Zedd (@Zedd) April 20, 2018
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii 🙁 Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018
Avicii songs flood the Worldwide iTunes Song Chart with "Wake Me Up," "Hey Brother," & "Levels" at #2, #3 & #4 respectively. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/6rRJmS30fd
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 21, 2018