NEW YORK (AP) – Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who played sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had great success on US pop radio, died Friday. He was 28 years old.
Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that Swedish actor Tim Berlinging was found dead in Muscat, Oman.
"It is with deep pain that we also announce the loss of Tim Bergling aka Avicii," read the statement. "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to respect their need for privacy at this difficult time, and no further statements are made."
Details about death were not reported. Oman police and state media had no immediate late-Friday message about the death of the artist.
Avicii was an international pop star who performed his well-known electronic dance songs around the world for feverish fans, sometimes hundreds of thousands at music festivals where he was the headline. His popular sound even took him to the top of the charts and landed on the radio of the USA. His best-known song, "Wake Me Up," was a multiple-platinum success, reaching # 4 on the Billboard Hot-1
He was part of a wave of DJ producers such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, who acted as lead actor himself. He won international hits, fame, awards and more like typical pop stars.
Avicii even collaborated with high-profile acts to produce Madonna's Devil Pray and the Coldplay hits A Sky Full of Stars and Hymn for the Weekend.
Avicii was nominated for two Grammy Awards, two MTV Europe
His death comes just days after he was nominated for a 2018 Billboard Music Award for Top Dance / Electronic Album EP "Avicii (01)." He was nominated along with his peers, the It has recently conquered the EDM mainstream – The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and Kygo.
He is the subject of the Levan Tsikurishvil documentary "Avicii: True Stories" of 2017.
Avicii had suffered in the past acute pancreatitis, partly due to over-drinking After removing his gallbladder and appendix in 2014, he canceled a series of shows to recover and stopped performing in 2016 but continued to make fun sik in the studio.
"It was a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring at 18. From that point on I just jumped in 100 percent," Avicii told Billboard Magazine in 2016.
"When I look back at my life, I think: Whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a way, it came with a price – a lot of stress was a big worry for me – but it did was the best trip of my life. "
Last year he posted this message on his website and promised to continue writing," The next phase will be all about mine. It's the beginning of something new. "
Muscat where Avicii died, is the capital of the Sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, is a popular holiday destination on the Arabian Sea
AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy and AP Writer Jon Gambrell have contributed to this report.
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