28-year-old Swedish DJ, Avicii, has passed away in Muscat, Oman on Friday afternoon, according to a statement by his representatives.
Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, gained fame in 2011 when his single, Levels, went platinum in the United States. He eventually became one of EDM’s most popular artists, with his 2013 song, Wake Me Up, reaching number four on the Hot 100. In 2013, he released his album True. Later in 2015, he released Stories.
During his career, he also worked as a collaborator with a number of artists such as Coldplay, Santana, Madonna, Robyn, Major Lazer, and Daft Punk. His collaboration with David Guetta received a GRAMMY nomination in 2012.
In 2016, Avicii released an open letter on his website, announcing that he was not going to be touring anymore.
He wrote, “My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps. I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them.”
He also said, “I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!“
At the end of this open letter, he added that he had just gotten a new phone and even wrote down his phone number, saying fans should feel free to contact him; “Please bare with me I might not be super quick to reply. X”
His website also contained a statement that he released after his announcement that he was quitting touring. In the statement, he wrote, “WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.”
“For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do. Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.”
“The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do,” he added.
Before retiring, Avicii had canceled a number of performances due to health reasons. In 2017, he told Rolling Stones about his experiences after having left the touring life behind; “I needed to figure out my life. The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn’t getting any happiness anymore.”
He also talked about being disillusioned with the genre of EDM ever since it became all about the money.
“EDM started getting oversaturated four, five, six years ago, when money became everything. From that point, I started mentally not wanting to associate myself with EDM,“ he said.
He also responded to the fact that Mike Pozner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ was based off of one of Avicii’s concerts. “Mike’s a good friend, so I took it as an honor. And I agree – parties can be amazing, but it’s very easy to become too attached to partying in places like Ibiza. You become lonely and get anxieties. It becomes toxic.”
The details of the DJ’s passing have not yet been released.