The world received some sad news on Saturday.
Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, died in Oman. He was just 28 years old.
After his death was announced Avicii’s ex-girlfriend, Emily Goldberg, posted a touching tribute to the DJ on Instagram.
“‘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,” she wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
Goldberg also posted some screenshots of messages the pair had sent to each other.
Avicii’s publicist confirmed his death in a statement on Saturday.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement 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 traumatised. 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.”
He posted the following statement on his website last year:
“WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US. For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.
“Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.
“Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.”
Bergling told Rolling Stone that music for him had become, “attached to partying”.
“You become lonely and get anxieties. It becomes toxic,” he said.
His last Instagram photo was posted on April 5th, and featured him in California.