Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, has died in Oman aged 28.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” a statement from his publicist read.
“He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. 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 was one of the few DJs capable of a worldwide arena tour, playing massive outdoor headline shows in Australia alongside regular festival slots. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations.
He had six top 10 singles in Australia, most notably the 2013 chart-topper Wake Me Up. His debut album True also reached number one on the ARIA charts the same year.
One of the most popular and successful dance artists of all time, he retired from performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons.
He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.
The DJ said at the time: “I’m still traumatized. But I’m sure I will again. I’ve started being able to listen to music again, getting a little bit of that joy back.”