Swedish DJ Avicii Dies At 28

DJ Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, has passed away at the age of 28, it has been confirmed.

The musician, who retired from live performances in 2016 due to health issues, died Friday afternoon in Oman.

His rep confirmed in a statement to ET Canada: “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 20.”

“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, who only took to Twitter Tuesday to thank Billboard for nominating him for the Top Dance/Electronic Album, is thought to have suffered from health problems for years.

He is thought to have suffered from acute pancreatitis and he also had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

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Tributes have been pouring in for the star since the tragic news emerged online.

Anderson East, who collaborated with Avicii on the track “Girlfriend”, took to Twitter to post:

Also paying condolences is Madonna, who worked with Avicii on her “Rebel Heart” album.

The likes of Marshmello, Calvin Harris and deadmau5 were also among those taking to social media to pay their respects.

See some of the tributes below:

Billboard dance editor Matt Medved also paid tribute to the beloved musician, with him discussing any upcoming tributes that may take place at the BBMAs next month, as well.

Medved told ET Canada: “I think the industry as a whole is trying to wrap their head around what’s happened, because Avicii really was one of dance music’s brightest talents. He inspired a generation of producers and I think right now everyone’s in a state of shock and sadness and disbelief.”

The editor added in terms of how Avicii is going to be remembered, “It’s often said music will live on, but I really feel like it will with him. Avicii was a melodic genius, the melodies in his songs are timeless and I think his music will stand the test of time. I [also] think people will remember him as someone who wasn’t afraid to take risks in a genre where risk takers are few and far between.”

When asked about how the BBMAs (Avicii is nominated for the Top Dance/Electronic Album award) on May 20, could pay tribute to the late star, Medved shared, “I’m sure there’ll be plenty coming from Coachella this weekend and the BBMAs. I think that as a general statement from myself, as someone who respects him and his legacy, I think we have to include his music and we have to include his trademark, which was his melodic sensibility, that’s really what made Avicii who he is.”

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