28-year old Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20 in Muscat, Oman. His body will now be taken back to his native Sweden.
Avicii was said to be on holiday in Oman and he had been open about his health issues, due in part to excessive drinking. He had previously retired from touring battling with acute pancreatitis.
The Swedish DJ made the wedding of Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in 2015 unforgettable with his music, and among fans and members of the music community they are mourning his death.
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The Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world had also massive success on U.S. pop radio.
His former partner Emily Goldberg – who dated the ‘Hey Brother’ musician for two years until 2015 – took to social media to share her grief.
She wrote: “‘Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.’ Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them. For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend. Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again. I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts. Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real.”
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His most recognized song, “Wake Me Up,” was a multiplatinum success and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. On the dance charts, he had seven Top 10 hits. His biggest hit was “Le7els.”
The World is Mourning the Death of Swedish DJ Avicii, written by Tor Kjolberg