Artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.
“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.”
One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
Babylon FM was launched about the same time as when Avicii’s career began to explode, as he grabbed our first ever number one BabylonTOP100 in 2013. Over the years, he continued to be part of all of our lives as he gave us lifetime memories with songs that had so many meanings. Most of them had the theme of ”living your life to the best while you can”, ”loyalty” and ”love.” Rest in peace Tim ”Avicii” Bergling. Your music will live on until the end of time.