Tributes have been pouring in for Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii who passed away today aged 28. The music icon died suddenly in Muscat, Oman.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii”, said his representative in a statement to the media, “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”.
Avicii, beloved DJ and producer, has died aged 28. In a statement this evening, his publicist said: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.” He stopped performing live in 2016 after a series of health issues. Among his many accomplishments was collaborating with ABBA’s Benny and Björn on “We Write the Story” — the #Eurovision 2013 anthem. R.I.P. and thank you for the music ?
Born Tim Bergling in September 1989, the DJ signed his first major record deal aged 17 in May 2007.
Using the stage-name Tim Berg, he enjoyed some early success with “Seek Bromance” in 2010. He switched to the pseudonym Avicii shortly after. And the monster hits soon followed.
“Levels” became his breakout international hit in 2011. Subsequent floor fillers included “I Could Be the One”, “You Make Me”, and “Hey Brother”. His 2013 single “Wake Me Up” topped the charts in over 20 countries.
His most recent release was “Lonely Together”, a collaboration with British singer Rita Ora.
While he never participated in the contest itself, Tim had a strong connection to Eurovision. In 2013, he co-composed “We Write the Story” with ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The track acted as the anthem for that year’s contest in Malmö.
It played during the inaugural Eurovision opening flag sequence, a tradition which has been carried on in all subsequent contests.
In the aftermath of today’s sad news, many artists from the world of Eurovision and Melodifestivalen took to social media to share their condolences. Among them was Belgium’s Kate Ryan, who worked with the DJ on her 2012 track “Run Away”.
Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006)
If you should ever feel alone you know you can call on me. When you’ve lost the will to carry on you know you can count on me… it was an honour Tim ? https://t.co/usE9GHFhBI
— Kate Ryan (@RealKateRyan) April 20, 2018
Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden 2015)
Danny Saucedo (Melodifestivalen 2009, 2011, 2012)
Gromee (Poland 2018)
Mikolas Josef (Czech Republic 2018)
My heart is breaking after hearing the news about @Avicii ?? RIP Legend!
— Mikolas Josef (@MikolasJosef) April 20, 2018
Frans (Sweden 2016)
Molly Sandén (Melodifestivalen 2009, 2012 and 2016)
Alfred García (Spain 2018)
Wiktoria (Melodifestivalen 2016 and 2017)
Wow, I have a lot of amazing memories with Avicii and his music. I’ve seen his hard work up close. I’ve seen his shows and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. I remember him being very down to earth and just very talented. We will miss you and your music. You’re a Swedish legend. Rest in peace Tim???
Sarah Dawn Finer (Melodifestivalen 2007 and 2009)
Dalal Midhat (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2016)
Avicii – Wake Me Up (Official Video) https://t.co/sLcoNw1E91
— Dalal Midhat (@dalalmidhat) April 20, 2018
Ann Sophie (Germany 2015)
— Ann Sophie (@AnnSophie) April 20, 2018
Deep Zone Project (Bulgaria 2008)
RIP Avicci ? https://t.co/HWC8QTmpqE
— Deep Zone Project (@DeepZoneProject) April 20, 2018
Jowst (Norway 2017)
Shit. Avicii ? ??
— JOWST (@JOWSTMUSIC) April 20, 2018
Aleksander Walmann (Norway 2017)
Richard Herrey (Sweden 1984)
Nej nej nej https://t.co/Xm94MLFVLy
— Richard Herrey (@RichardHerrey) April 20, 2018