Grammy nominated Swedish-born producer and DJ Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday, April 20. In a statement, his publicist confirmed the devastating news.
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," a statement to CNN read. "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."
A cause of death has yet to be released.
The “Wake Me Up” and “Le7els” DJ had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking. During a 2013 interview with Time magazine, Avicii revealed he had to take a step back from partying.
“I used to party a lot. Everyone does in the beginning when they’re getting accustomed to this world,” he said at the time. “Every night is a party. But I just realized that for me personally, my body or my mind couldn’t handle that amount of — like I wasn’t feeling good doing that to myself. … I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much. Then I got a pancreatitis attack [at 21], which is very rare.”
The health scare "forced [him] to do a 180" and stop drinking.
“I can be sober and party. It’s all a learning experience,” he said. “I’ve gone out partying sober and I’ve met my new girlfriend from day one sober, and I’ve done everything sober. And I see how drunk everyone else is and I feel like, I kind of like not being hungover tomorrow.”
In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed and in 2016 announced he'd be retiring from touring, but he'd still create music.
"It's been a very crazy journey," he told Billboard in 2016. "I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent. When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii's family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
Avicii's last album was 2017's Avīci (01), an extended play featuring artists including Rita Ora and Sandro Cavazza. On March 26, 2018, he posted an Instagram of himself working in the studio.
Updates to come.