Today, the music industry lost one of its most talented. Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, died at the age of 28, his publicist Diana Baron confirmed.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Diana Baron said in a statement. “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.”
The late star gained wide fame in the late ’00s. In 2016, Avicii retired from live performance for health reasons. He suffered from acute pancreatitis which was partly due to excessive drinking, as a result, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed in order to recover.
His retirement from touring came in an emotional letter that broke everyone’s heart back then.
“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” Bergling told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
Shortly after the news, Avicii’s peers and fans took it to social media to grief the loss of a music legend.
devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too young. the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art. sending all my love to his friends and family. Xxdr
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) April 20, 2018
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
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young … what a talent he was. rest in peace x
— Liam (@LiamPayne) April 20, 2018
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) April 20, 2018
— Laidback Luke (@LaidbackLuke) April 20, 2018
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.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away….💔
Thoughts go out to his family and friends…
— Zedd (@Zedd) April 20, 2018
Our hearts and prayers go out to Avicii’s family and friends.