Acclaimed Swedish DJ Avicii, born Tim Berling, has died. He was 28. The EDM and house musician first charted in the U.S. in 2011 with platinum-certified classic "Levels" and went to No.4 just two years later with the Aloe Blacc-assisted hit "Wake Me Up." Most recently, he collaborated with Rita Ora on "Lonely Together," released in August.
His publicist Diana Baron said in a statement to Billboard:
"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."
Fellow celebrities and DJs took to social media to mourn. R.I.P.
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
My heartfelt condolences to Tim's family and close friends. I can't express how deeply sad I am. Meeting him changed my life. He was an amazingly talented person and it hurts so bad that he's gone.— Aloe Blacc (@aloeblacc) April 20, 2018
Just hearrbthe craziest shit about avicii....— Questlove De La Rose (@questlove) April 20, 2018
Oh shit— Questlove De La Rose (@questlove) April 20, 2018
RIP Avicii— “DROGAS WAVE” & “BeatNPath” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) April 20, 2018
Never let this game change you. Just because you make music doesn’t automatically mean you all of a sudden need to become famous or a celebrity, or a fashion designer, or a car collector, or a pimp or a slut, or the center of attention..always embrace who you are pic.twitter.com/nfHN9RNn8V
#RIPAVICII Dear Tim your family have my most heartfelt condolences. You were my little bro. Love always.— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) 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
Ugh devastating news about Avicii, hard to even believe.. sending all my love to his family, friends and community of fans.. electronic music is a community. We lost one of it's brightest stars. He made music that was universally loved. Always seemed so kind. Gone way too soon— Little Louie Vegan (@atrak) April 20, 2018