Avicii, DJ-Producer Who Performed Around the World, Dies

New York (AP) — Avicii, the Grammy-nominated digital dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans all over the world and also had massive success upon U. S. pop radio, passed away Friday. He was 28.

Publicist Diana Baron mentioned in a statement that the Swedish artist, born Tim Bergling, was discovered dead in Muscat, Oman.

" It is with deep sorrow that we announce the loss of Bernard Bergling, also known as Avicii, " the particular statement read. " The family is usually devastated and we ask everyone in order to please respect their need for personal privacy in this difficult time. No further claims will be given. "

No more information about the death were provided. Oman police and state media experienced no immediate report late Fri night on the artist' s dying.

Avicii was a worldwide pop star, performing his popular electronic dance songs around the world just for die-hard fans, sometimes hundreds of thousands on music festivals, where he was the heading act. His popular sound also sent him to the top of the graphs and landed onto U. T. radio: His most recognized song, the particular country-dance mashup " Wake Myself Up, " was a multi-platinum achievement and peaked at No . four on Billboard' s Hot one hundred chart. On the dance charts, he previously seven Top 10 hits.

But in 2016, the particular performer announced he was heading off from the road. He continued to create songs and albums.

Avicii was area of the wave of DJ-producers, like Jesse Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, who broke from the scene as lead artists in their own right, earning global hits, fame, awards and more such as typical pop stars.

Avicii earned their first Grammy nomination at the this year show — for a collaboration along with Guetta. It was around the time this individual gained more fame for the Etta James-sampled dance jam, " Le7els, " which reached No . one in Sweden.

He continued to work together with more high-profile acts, producing Madonna' s " Devil Pray" as well as the Coldplay hits, " A Skies Full of Stars" and " Hymn for the Weekend. " He had been even part of Mike Posner' s i9000 megahit " I Took the Pill in Ibiza, " which usually featured the lyrics: " I required a pill in Ibiza/To display Avicii I was cool. " The particular song was based off Posner' s true story at an Avicii concert in Ibiza.

Avicii built a solid musical and personal friendship with Earth Rodgers, who called Avicii their " little brother" in an job interview with The Associated Press on Fri.

" I' m shocked because I actually don' t know medically so what happened, but I can just say being a person, as a friend, and more significantly, as a musician, Tim was one of the best, natural melody writers I' ve ever worked with, and I' ve worked with some of the most brilliant musicians about this planet, " Rodgers said.

Avicii experienced in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, simply due to excessive drinking. After getting his gallbladder and appendix taken out in 2014, he canceled a number of shows in attempt to recover.

" It' s been a very crazy trip. I started producing when I has been 16. I started touring once i was 18. From that point on, I just hopped into 100 percent, " Avicii informed The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. " When I look back upon my life, I think: whoa, did I actually do that? It was the best time of my entire life in a sense. It came with a price — a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me personally – but it was the best trip of my life. "

Rodgers said their last performance with Avicii — about three years ago — upset your pet because of Avicii' s drinking.

" It had been a little bit sad to me because he acquired promised me he would stop consuming, and when I saw him he had been drunk that night. And I was just like, ' Whoa. Dude. C' friday. What are you doing? What' ersus going on? You said that that was performed, ' " Rodgers recalled. " We did a show and I was obviously a little upset. I didn' to even stick around for his overall performance because it was breaking my cardiovascular. But we still had a excellent time. It was wonderful — we were that will close. "

Last year, Avicii posted this particular message on his website, promising to maintain creating: " The next stage is going to be all about my love of making music for you guys. It is the beginning of something totally new. "

Fans and members of the songs community mourned his death upon social media Friday.

" Something really terrible happened. We lost a friend along with such a beautiful heart and the globe lost an incredibly talented musician, " Guetta wrote on Instagram. " Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time all of us shared in the studio, playing with each other as djs or just enjoying lifestyle as friends. RIP @avicii. "

Calvin Harris called Avicii " an attractive soul, passionate and extremely talented along with so much more to do. " Ellie Goulding wrote that Avicii " influenced so many of us. Wish I could have got said that to you in person. "

Sweden' h Prince Carl Philip and Little princess Sofia, who knew Avicii through playing at their wedding, stated they were saddened by his passing away.

" We are grateful that we got to understand him and admired him being an artist and the great person this individual was. He made our wedding ceremony unforgettable with his amazing music. Our own warmest thoughts go to his family members, " they said in a joint declaration.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven the lost star " one of Sweden' s biggest musicians".

Avicii, a two-time Grammy nominee, won two MTV Europe Music Awards and one Billboard Music Award. His death arrives just days after he has been nominated for a 2018 Billboard Songs Award for top dance/electronic album pertaining to his EP " Avicii (01). "

Avicii is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary " Avicii: True Stories. "

Muscat, where Avicii died, is the capital of the sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a popular vacation destination to the Arabian Sea.


AP writers Mark Kennedy, Jon Gambrell and David Keyton contributed to this report.