Remembering Avicii: Legendary Producer + DJ Dead at 28

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The A-list act producer and DJ from Sweden Tim Bergling, known better as “Avicii”, was found dead this morning in Muscat, Oman.

His publicist, Diana Baron, said in a statement this morning that,

“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.”

He had won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, one American Music Award, and had even earned two Grammy nominations.


Avicii’s first ever HIT song was titled “Levels”, which actually sampled the vocals from a 1962 gospel song “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James.

 

…And most known for his absolute SMASH hit, “Wake Me Up” in 2013…

 


Avicii’s worked with many (MANY) artists, but his much, lesser known, credits include Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars” and “Hymn For The Weekend“, David Guetta’s “Lover’s On The Sun“, and even Madonna’s “Devil Pray“.

Bergling said that the name Avicii means “the lowest level of Buddhist hell” (Avīci) and he chose the moniker because his real name was already used “upon creating his Myspace page.”

Mike Posner even “took a pill in Ibiza, to show Avicii I was cool.”


His most recent track’s were with both Rita Ora on “Lonely Together“,


 

…and with Nicky Romero on “I Could Be The One“.

 


Of the many, many, amazing songs Avicii has created, here’s my hands down favorite.

 


The cause of death? We’re not certain. The information has yet to be released, if it ever will be.

But we do know that Avicii did, in fact, suffer from multiple public health problems over the last few years. The problems include acute pancreatitis, which is in part due to excessive drinking. Avicii had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014 because of it.

He also then ceased touring and doing any live acts all together in attempt to recover.

Avicii said,

“I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”

“I will however never let go of music,” he said. “But I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!”

Avicii’s music always just… makes you feel good. Michael Franti, fellow feel good enthusiast, posted on his instagram…

 


You can too, feel good, and listen to Avicii’s best works below. A playlist hand created by LA.

 

This one’s for you, brother. Rest easy.


Artists react on Twitter to Avicii’s passing…


Sources: Billboard Magazine, Twitter, USA Today, CBS News, Newsweek, Wikipedia. Image: FloorMag. Music: Spotify, YouTube.