Electronic Dance DJ Avicii Dies at 28
Avicii, the music producer known for hits like “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” died on Friday, April 20. He died at the age of 28 in Muscat, Oman, and so far, the cause of death is still unknown.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden under the name Tim Bergling, he played a large part in the rise of electronic dance music in the U.S. His dance tracks were nominated for two Grammys in 2012 and 2013 and he released two albums and a recent six-track EP in 2017. “Wake Me Up” stayed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for more than a year. In 2015, he was listed as number six on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paying DJs.
Speculations are circulating surrounding what may have caused Avicii’s death. The speculations go back to when Avicii was 21 and learned he had acute pancreatitis, which was partly caused by excessive alcohol intake. Then, in 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed. These health problems, in addition to some realizations he had regarding his personal mental health, led him to announce in 2016 that he would no longer be performing or touring live. Instead, he would be spending time in the studio creating new music.
He was grateful for the opportunities of his career to travel and perform, but felt that he needed to take a break from performing. This announcement left some fans sad and hoping for a return to the stage in the future, but Avicii said he received a surprisingly positive and supportive reaction from fans and fellow artists.
In 2017, a documentary titled Avicii: True Stories was produced by Stockholm filmmaker Levan Tsikurishvili. The film aimed to show the behind-the-scenes life of Avicii and how taxing his fame became on his health.
Many fans and other celebrities have posted on social media to mourn the loss of Avicii, citing him as a great artist, creator, and pioneer, and a great person to collaborate with.