Well-known musician, DJ and record producer Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead today in Muscat, Oman, according to media reports. He was 28.
The death of the Swedish-born Bergling was confirmed by his publicist, Ebba Lindqvist. No cause of death was given.
A statement from Bergling’s rep says: “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.”
Nominated for two Grammys, Avicii was one of the most popular acts in electronic dance music (EDM).
“Bergling found crossover success with his 2011 hit ‘Levels,’ an Etta James-sampling smash that went platinum in the United States and topped the singles charts in dozens of countries,” Rolling Stone reports. “‘Wake Me Up’ followed two years later, with the Aloe Blacc-featuring single peaking at Number Four on the Hot 100.”
The report adds: “Bergling — who chose the moniker Avicii because the word stood for the lowest level of Buddhist hell — started his career uploading his music before ‘Levels’ catapulted the then-20-year-old DJ to fame overnight. Within a year, Bergling had landed on Forbes’ Highest Paid DJs of 2012 list; by 2014, Avicii was Number Three on the list thanks to $28 million in earnings that year, the result of a tortuous touring itinerary.”
Here’s the video for “Wake Me Up” …