In a tragic turn of events, Swedish DJ Avicci died last week in Muscat, Oman. News of Avicii’s death was shared by his publicist, Diana Baron, on Friday. While no cause of death has been announced, the Royal Oman Police have concluded that there was no evidence of criminal activity or foul play. Avicci, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was only 28 years old. Baron told fans of the late DJ that his family was devastated by the news and asked that they respect their need for privacy.
News of Avicii’s death has caused an outpouring of grief in the music community. In his native Stockholm, fans gathered for a moment of silence in the city center. Afterwards, local DJs began playing many of Avicii’s songs, turning the city’s busiest area into an impromptu dance party. Meanwhile, at Coachella Music Festival in California, Kygo dedicated his set to Avicii’s memory. Fellow DJ Steve Aoki also talked at length about Avicii on Sirius XM’s BPM channel, calling him one of the most important figures in electronic dance music.
Avicii began his music career at the young age of 16, posting remixes of songs on electronic music forums. Avicii’s following and raw talent eventually landed him a record deal, with his song “Levels” catapulting him to mainstream success in 2011. With his rise to fame, Avicii’s released two records, 2013’s True and Stories, released in 2015. Avicii collaborated with other artists for both albums, including Aloe Blacc, Wyclef Jean, and Chris Martin. In 2016, Avicii shocked fans by announcing that he would no longer perform live shows due to health concerns. Nevertheless, Avicii promised to continue making music, often posting pictures of himself on Instagram working at his music studio.