Avicii

Avicii, one of the most popular and groundbreaking figures in EDM and dance music around the world, has died. He was 28 years old.

“It is with great sorrow that we must announce that Tim Bergling, known as the artist Avicii, is dead,” the musician’s publicist told SVT, a Swedish news organization this afternoon, later confirming the statement to Billboard this morning.

Avicii started DJing and producing in his early teens, and found popularity with “Levels,” a song that hit the top of the US Dance Club charts in 2012. Since then, he collaborated with names like Madonna, Coldplay and Daft Punk and regularly played arenas around the world. Three days ago, his latest EP was nominated for best dance/electronic album at the Billboard Music Awards alongside younger names like Kygo and the Chainsmokers. His latest single was “Lonely Together,” which featured Rita Ora on vocals.

In 2016, he had announced his retirement from touring, after a number of public health issues that included acute pancreatitis, caused in part from excess drinking. While the decision was met with support by many of his peers, others, like Deadmau5, were less supportive of his departure from the club scene. “To me it was something I had to do for my health,” Avicii told The Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s to you, Avicii. Keep it going for us on the other side.

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