Celebrities mourn DJ Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling. The DJ was just nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Album. He was best known for hits like "Levels," "Hey Brother" and "Wake Me Up."
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. 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 became famous with his 2011 hit “Levels” and was part of a wave of electronic dance music D.J.s who achieved pop-star levels of prominence. His songs have been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify. He was in Oman, a popular vacation destination on the Arabian Peninsula, to visit friends, she said.
After a series of health scares that struck while he was on the road Avicii retired from touring in 2016 at age 26,
He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. Before that, at 21, he learned he had acute pancreatitis, which he said was related in part to excessive drinking.
“I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much,” he said in a 2013 interview with Time magazine. “So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”
Tim Bergling was born in Stockholm on Sept. 8, 1989, to Klas Bergling and Anki Lidén.
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