Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, was found dead today in Oman, according to an announcement made by the DJ’s publicist.
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.
This doesn’t come as a surprise for those following his career closely – he has been diagnosed with pancreatitis years ago, a condition due at least in part to his excessive drinking. This doesn’t make the news any better for his fans, though.
Avicii made his debut on the Laidback Luke Forum in the early 2000s.His breakthrough piece was 2011’s “Levels” that hit Number One in Sweden and the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs. During his career, he collaborated with DJs like David Guetta (their first collab earned them a Grammy nomination) and Nicky Romero, among others. He released two studio albums – 2013’s “True” and 2015’s “Stories” – and was the subject of a documentary called “Avicii: True Stories”, released last year.
He made history with being the first DJ to headline Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2016. The same year, he headlined Future Music Festival in Australia. In 2015, he performed at Sziget, too. He retired from touring in August 2016, citing health issues.
During his short career, he won two MTV Europe Music Awards in 2013, a Billboard Music Award for his song “Wake Me Up” and two World Music Awards in 2014, and was nominated for two Grammy awards – for “Sunshine”, a collaboration with David Guetta, in 2012, and for “Levels”, both times for the “Best Dance Recording” award.