Eli Ridder | Report

Avicii, an acclaimed electronic music artist and DJ, died at the age of 28 on Friday.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement.

“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 rose to fame over his single Levels and went on to produce record-breaking albums and collaborate with many artists, including the likes of Madonna and Coldplay.

Avicii was also known for Wake Me Up, a top international hit in 2013.

Bergling had been suffering through ongoing health issues for several years leading up to his retirement from live touring in 2016.


Response

Twitter responded with sadness and respect for Bergling soon after the news broke around 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.


‘He got me into EDM’

Eli Ridder

Avicii was why I started listening to electronic dance music.

The talented Swede practically defined modern house music, and Wake Me Up was my forever jam, that one song I could listen to over and over and never tire of. I sincerely shed tears upon hearing of this announcement.

As someone who usually gets excited over breaking news, and really news in general, this was one story I never wanted to report.

Avicii made me happy. Quality music that felt curated, designed and lovingly created rather than manufactured. Lonely Together would get me thinking, Nights made me want to live and I Could Be The One made me dance.

Safe to say, I will be playing his music until the sun goes down tonight.


More details to follow. Image of Avicii from social media. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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