The man behind club hits; Wake Me Up, Hey Brother, Addicted to You and so many more, Tim Bergling A.K.A Avicii. Has passed away at the age of 28 according to a statement from his rep.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “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.”
Regularly appearing on Forbes list of Top 5 “Highest-Paid DJs.” Avicii was one of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artist of all time. In 2016, during the prime of his career, Avicii retired citing health reason. Earlier this year, he posted a statement on his website;
“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. Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio. 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.”
Nominated for two Grammy Awards; 2011 “Levels” and 2012’s collaboration with David Guetta “Sunshine.” Avicii quickly become a mainstream household DJ, also becoming the first DJ to headline at the prestigious New York Radio City Music Hall. Two years later, after his first Grammy nomination. His debut album “True” was released in September, although many of the songs had already been previewed at the Ultra Music Festival earlier that year. The album featured the global hit “Wake Me Up” ft Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert and Audra Mae.
Sadly, as his popularity rose, his health began to decline. In March 2014, Avicii cancelled several tour appearances and was hospitalized. Not long after, he collaborated with Carlos Santana and Wyclef on the official FIFA World Cut Anthem “We Will Find a Way.” He also produced a song on Coldplay’s album “Ghost Stories, “that same year. The following year, he released his second full-length album, “Stories,” in October.
In August of last year, he released a six-track EP entitled “Avici.” Which was to be part of a three-piece installment for his album this year. A documentary called, “True Stories” was shot a month later and focused on his decision retirement and promoters trying to convince him to return to touring; despite him being in physical pain.
“I looked at myself like, ‘F—, you should’ve really stood up for yourself more there. Come on, Tim!,’” he said of the documentary to Rolling Stone in an interview published last September. “Why didn’t I stop the ship earlier?” “I needed to figure out my life,” he continued. “The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn’t getting any happiness anymore. Now that I have more time in the studio, I want to learn as much about other genres as possible. That’s what I love the most – having a session with Nile Rodgers, for instance, and getting an understanding of music that’s invaluable.”