Tragic news struck the music community on Friday, April 20 when it was announced that superstar producer and DJ Avicii passed away at the age of 28.
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," the artist's publicist Diana Baron said in a statement, according to Billboard. "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."
UPDATE: On April 26, Bergling's family issued a second statement, according to Reuters: "He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
Avicii was one of the most influential and commercially successful dance producers of the decade. His 2011 track "Levels" is now an EDM standard that launched both his career and those of its countless remixers and his June 2013 collaboration with Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up," became an even bigger smash, earning nearly 1.5 billion views (and counting) on YouTube. More significantly, the song's blend of rustic instrumentation, electronic drops and traditional pop songcraft fully signified dance music's transition into mainstream music culture.
Yet Bergling also clearly struggled even in the midst of his accomplishments. "My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps," he wrote in a 2016 letter to fans in which he announced his retirement from touring.
Although he stopped playing shows, Avicii remained deeply appreciative of his fans. In August, he teased his six-song EP Avīci (01) by direct-mailing fans a handwritten note announcing the release. In October, the documentary "Avicii: True Stories" was released.
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A loss like this is incalculable to the world of music but Avicii will always live on thanks to the "good feeling" his music inspired in fans all over the world.