On April 20 the world of music lost another icon. DJ Avicii passed away at the young age of 28. He was best known as a DJ for his electronic dance productions and his hits “Wake Me Up,” “Hey Brother,” and “The Nights.”
A statement by Avicii’s publicist, Diana Baron, confirms, “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.”
DJ Avicii had a short live, but long list of accomplishments
Avicii was born on September 8, 1989, in Stockholm under the name Tim Bergling. He reached superstar status in his early 20’s as a DJ with fans from all over the world.
The Swedish DJ became famous by mixing Country-Western songs with EDM, like “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James, in 2011 for example.
Before Tim changed his name, he ran a blog as “Timberman,” on which he put up music content for his readers to give opinions. In 2011 he changed it from Timberman to Avicii. During an interview with Time magazine he explained, “Avici is the lowest level of Buddhist hell.” As to why the additional i he said, “Because someone on MySpace had already taken that name.”
Ash Pournouri (Punani) discovered the DJ through one of his blogs, when he had just changed his name to Avicii. Ever since, he saw Ash like a second father to him.
After launching “Levels” in 2011, he was nominated for the Grammy award in 2012 for his collaboration track “Sunshine.” Furthermore he collaborated with major artists, creating tracks like “Girl Gone Wild,” and “Superlove.”
When he reached two million followers on his facebook page, he released the song “Two MIllion,” which he made available for free download on his official Soundcloud page.
Avicii’s first award came in 2013 when he won “Best Electronics” at the MTV EMA’s, after his 2013 hit “Hey Brother”. Almost immediately after, he was awarded the American Music Award for favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist. From then on, the awards kept pouring in.
Nearing the end
Then in 2016 Avicii announced that he was planning to retire from touring due to his health. Having suffered from acute pancreatitis, which was partly caused by his drinking problem, he had also his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. On August 28, 2016 was his last live performance in Ibiza.
In 2016 he told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent.” and “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.”
He always kept his fans updated on his social media pages. From July 13 to August 2, Avicii shared one-minute snippets on Instagram, with the caption “New music coming very very (very) soon!”. He used track titles as hashtags, and also uploaded teasers of each track from the EP online, upon release.
After the release of the six-track EP Avīci in 2016 he said, “I’m really excited to be back with music once again. It has been a long time since I released anything and a long time since I was this excited over new music! My focus on this first EP of the album was to get a mix of new and old songs: some that fans have been asking about and waiting for mixed with brand new songs that they have never been heard before!”
On September 11, 2017, the DJ announced a documentary called “Avicii: True Stories”. It chronicles the artist’s retirement from tour with interviews from his colleagues David Guetta, Tiësto, Wyclef Jean, Nile Rodgers and Chris Martin of Coldplay. A message on his website, promised to keep creating: “The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”
“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,” Avicii wrote. “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.”
His latest post was on Instagram on April 5, when he let his fans know that it is sunny in California.
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) April 20, 2018
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Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
His death followed only a few days after he was nominated for a 2018 Billboard Music Award for his EP Avicii.
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