Swedish superstar EDM DJ Avicii has died, according to a statement from his publicist, who says the 28-year-old musician was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday afternoon. His cause of death was not immediately clear.
Calvin Harris on Twitter Said “Devastating news about Avicii,” describing the Swedish musician as “a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do.”
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
The producer had earlier announced his retirement.
Then he had to explain to his fans.
“Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way,” the musician wrote in an emotional letter on his website in 2016. “It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.”
Avicii found initial mainstream success with his 2011 single, “Levels”, which hit No. 1 on the US dance charts. The following year, he teamed up with David Guetta for “Sunshine”, earning him his first Grammy for Best Dance Recording. That same year, he became the first DJ to headline Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
He was grateful for the opportunities and comforts of his lucrative career, he wrote. But the lifestyle was exhausting, leaving too little left for the “life of a real person behind the artist.” Avicii had canceled tour dates in 2014 after having his gall bladder and appendix removed, and had been hospitalized twice in the preceding two years for acute pancreatitis, according to Billboard.
He did leave the door open for a possible return to the EDM scene. “I will however never let go of music,” he concluded. “One part of me can never say never, I could be back . . . but I won’t be right back.”
However, throughout his career, Avicii also dealt with numerous health problems, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. In 2014, he had surgery to remove his gallbladder and appendix. These issues eventually led Avicii to retire from touring in 2016, though he continued to make new music.
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii 🙁 Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018