It was not many days before when Avicii surprised us all with his latest EP “Avicii (01)”, announcing his comeback to the scene which made us all fall in love with what it had to offer but, 20th of April 2018 marked one of the most unfortunate days in the history of Electronic Dance Music.
Tim Bergling, better known by his legendary stage name, Avicii, has passed away at the age of 28. He was found dead in the middle eastern country of Oman. There is not much light on the cause of his death yet, but his official publicist released this statement:
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. 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 Swedish DJ is most known for his breakout hit “Levels” as well as radio hits “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up”. After retiring from DJing in 2016 following health issues, Avicii returned in 2017 with a new EP full of hits which left his fans hoping for an upcoming album.
Talking about his health and the problems he faced regarding it, they were made public by Avicii himself back in 2014 with a letter to his fans stating:
“My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me,” he said, thanking the fans, family, peers, partners and longtime manger Arash “Ash” Pournouri for their support over the years. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
“I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!” he added.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Tim 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.”
Avicii had to suffer from acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking. Avicii cancelled numerous shows in 2014 in order to recover from the surgeries which had his gallbladder and appendix removed.
Throughout his career, Avicii was perhaps one of the most influential and loved DJs and he will be missed greatly. Nominated for two Grammy awards in 2011 and 2012, his impact won’t be soon forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s friends and family in this difficult time.
R.I.P. AVICII, a great soul.
Listen to AVICII’s greatest hits here: