NEW YORK (AFP) – Avicii, one of many world’s most profitable DJs who helped lead the global increase in digital music, died Friday (April 20) in Oman, his consultant stated. He was 28.
Two years after his unusually early retirement resulting from nagging well being issues, the Swedish DJ was found dead on a go to to the Gulf kingdom’s capital Muscat, a press release stated.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his administration stated with out specifying the reason for loss of life.
“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.”
Avicii was among the many first DJs to interrupt by means of within the mainstream as digital dance music grew over the previous decade from nightclubs to Top 40 radio. He helped produce Madonna’s final album and created a global hit out of Coldplay’s A Sky Full Of Stars, to which he added a layer of energetic electronica.
His greatest hits on his personal included Wake Me Up, which went to primary throughout Europe in 2013 and featured the soul singer Aloe Blacc.
SCENE ‘NOT FOR ME’
While the loss of life got here as a shock, Avicii has spoken publicly lately about his well being issues together with pancreatitis, triggered partially by extreme consuming.
The situation compelled him to cancel reveals in 2014 as he needed to have his gallbladder and appendix eliminated.
In 2016, Avicii surprised followers by asserting his retirement when he was simply 26, saying that he wished to go away the high-flying digital music life-style.
“The scene was not for me,” he advised music journal Billboard after his resolution.
“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,” he stated.
“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,” he stated.
‘GENIUS AND MUSICAL INNOVATOR’
Avicii – who for years was one of many world’s most profitable digital musicians– in 2016 made quantity 12 on the checklist of top-paid DJs of Forbes journal, which stated he earned US$14.5 million (S$19 million) within the earlier yr.
Pop star Charlie Puth paid tribute to Avicii as “the man who really opened my eyes to what my production could one day sound like.”
“Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I cannot believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best,” Puth wrote on Twitter.
Deadmau5 – a fellow prime DJ recognized for his outspokenness who had mocked Avicii when he stop so younger – supplied his “sincerest and most heartfelt condolences.”
“Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and I’m very proud of him,” Deadmau5 tweeted, including: “I would have enjoyed nothing more than ripping into Avicii well into and beyond our 60s.”
The son of Anki Liden, a outstanding Swedish actress, Avicii had his begin importing tracks on the web and was found by the Dutch famous person Tiesto, who invited him to play at his residency within the clubbing hub of Ibiza.
His breakthrough single, Levels, tailored a pattern of soul singer Etta James and earned him one in all his two Grammy nominations.
He took his stage identify from the Sanskrit phrase for the bottom degree of hell in Buddhism, including an extra “i” on the finish for stylistic causes.
In a 2013 interview for Spotify, which helped popularise his music, he was requested what he wished to be doing in 10 years.
“Hopefully the same thing, though I may not be playing live as much, maybe producing more music,” he stated.