Swedish DJ Avicii dead at 28

Swedish DJ Avicii died earlier today, his publicist has confirmed. He was 28 years old.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. “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.”

Billboard reports:

Avicii’s health issues were known to the public for several years prior to his death. He suffered from acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. In 2014, he canceled numerous shows in order to recover after having his gallbladder and appendix removed.

In 2016, Avicii announced he was retiring from touring entirely citing health reasons.

“The scene was not for me,” he said. “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. 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.”

Several of Avicii’s friends, fans, and peers have expressed their sorrow on social media over today’s shocking news:

After announcing his retirement from touring, Avicii reassured fans that he would continue recording in the studio, saying in a statement posted to his website that making music was “what I feel I was born to do.”

“The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys,” he wrote. “It is the beginning of something new.”

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