Tributes have poured in from the world of music following the death of superstar DJ Avicii at the age of 28.
Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Rita Ora and Madonna were among those paying respects to the Swedish music producer, whose real was Tim Bergling.
He was found dead in Oman on Friday afternoon.
The DJ’s publicist told the Daily Mail: ‘It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.
‘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.’
No details about his death were given.
During his career, he won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations.
Known for Wake Me Up, The Days, You Make Me, and the recent Lonely Together with Rita Ora, Avicii’s biggest hit was Levels.
Calvin Harris was among those who paid tribute to the dance music star, posting a message on Twitter about the DJ who he described as a ‘beautiful soul’.
Harris tweeted: ‘Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x.’
Singer Dua Lipa wrote: ‘Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.’
Liam Payne tweeted: ‘Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii. Very very sad news way to young … what a talent he was. rest in peace.’
Swedish DJ Eric Prydz simply wrote: ‘I have no words. RIP Tim.’
While French DJ David Guetta told his followers: ‘Something really horrible happened.
‘We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician.
‘Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as djs or just enjoying life as friends. RIP.’
DJ Snake tweeted: ‘Rest in peace, Avicii. We lost a legend.’
DJ Deadmau5 wrote: ‘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 I’m very proud of him.’
Rita Ora, who collaborated with Avicii on his final track, Lonely Together, wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’
Avicii retired from touring in 2016, citing health reasons.
He battled with acute pancreatitis – which is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas – due in part to excessive drinking.
As a result he had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, cancelling a series of shows in a bid to recover.
In the past, the DJ struggled with addiction and was treated in hospital twice for alcohol related issues.
He quit touring in 2016 in order to focus on his health and recovery.
Announcing his retirement in 2016 he said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Our thoughts are with Avicii’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
Who was Avicii?
- One of the biggest names in dance music of the last 10 years, he had a catalogue full of pumping, uplifting, house smashes
- He started his career when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008
- He went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour
- He was nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones
- He suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking
Avicii in his own words
- ‘When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life’
- ‘Creating music, that is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”
- ‘When I was 16, my father said, ‘You can do anything you want with your life, you just have to be willing to work hard to get it.’ That’s when I decided when I die, I want to be remembered for the life I live, not the money I make.’
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