Tim Bergling, known better by his stage name Avicii, passed away on Friday, April 20, his publicist has confirmed.
His publicist Diana Baron released a statement saying, “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.”
Tim Bergling was born on September 8, 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden. “Avicii” was known for his electronic dance music and hits such as “Wake Me Up,” "Levels," and “Hey Brother.”
His music peaked in the top ten in more than 15 countries, including the United States.
Avicii retired from live performances in 2016 citing health reasons. He suffered from a number health reasons stemming from excessive drinking, including acute pancreatitis. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
Last year, Avicii posted this statement to his website:
“We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters the most to us. For me, it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.”
Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense–the studio.
The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys it is the beginning of something new.
Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do.”