Fans, musicians and other celebrities are just coming to terms with the shocking news that Avicii is no more.
According to his rep, Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday afternoon.
Avicii remains to be one of the most popular electronic dance musicians in recent times. The Swedish star was also a DJ and producer.
Some of his popular hits include “Wake Me Up” “Levels” “The Nights” and “Sunshine.” “Wake Me Up” is one of the most popular tracks on YouTube, racking over 1.3 billion views and counting.
Avicii, who was 28 at the time of death, started having health issues in 2014. This eventually saw him retire from touring to lead a more toned down life.
In a documentary titled “Avicii: True Stories,” the artist provides insight into why he chose to retire from touring at such a you age (27).
He talks about his health problems that saw him undergo operations to remove his appendix and gall bladder.
He also decried the money-hungry state of the music industry that has seen managers and producers push artists to give their all at the expense of health.
Watch a trailer of the documentary below.
Here are some messages of condolence from friends and colleagues.
“Something really horrible happened. We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician. Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as djs or just enjoying life as friends. RIP @Avicii”
“I tried carrying the weight of the world, But I only have two hands… Wish that I could stay forever this young” Que tu música perdure para siempre @Avicii”
“Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way too young…what a talent he was rest in peace x”
“Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.”
“Can’t really describe in words how sad I feel right now.. thank you for inspiring me and millions others. RIP @Avicii 😔❤”
“Rest In Peace and Superlove @Avicii”
“I can’t find words but what I can say is that we all where couple of young kids from Sweden with dreams and Tim inspired us all and millions more. RIP my brother your music will live forever ❤️ @Avicii”
Avicii’s family has released a statement today, on 26th April, regarding the artist’s cause of death.
The statement alluded that the star died from suicide. The family noted that Avicii was facing tremendous pressure due to his stardom; which may have driven him to take his life.
The statement, translated from Swedish, read in part:
Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overachieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.