Rabat - The electronic music industry has lost one of its own. Swedish DJ Avicii died yesterday in Muscat, Oman at age 28.
Rabat – The electronic music industry has lost one of its own. Swedish DJ Avicii died yesterday in Muscat, Oman at age 28.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Avicii’s publicist, Diana Baron, confirmed in a statement.
“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,” Baron concluded.
Avicii was born on September 8, 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was considered one of the best DJs in the world, having received two Grammy nominations for his work on “Sunshine” with David Guetta in 2012 and his song “Levels” in 2013.
Avicii was known as a pioneer of the Electronic Dance Movement. Bergling chose the stage name “Avicii” because the word represented the lowest level of Buddhist hell.
The electronic music sensation leaves a music legacy in his wake, including hit songs such as “Levels,” “Wake Me Up,” “You Make Me,” “Hey Brother,” and “Addicted to You.”
The Moroccan public had the occasion of seeing Avicii perform live at the 14th edition of the Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival in 2015.
The electro house record producer fired up the OLM Souissi with his hit singles, attracting over 200,000 festival-goers.
Being on the spotlight was not easy for the young artist. The high-octane life of a globally famous deejay became a strain on Avicii. He dealt with numerous health problems, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.
“Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much,” he said. “Then I got a pancreatitis attack [at 21], which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.” Avicii told Time in 2013.
In 2014, he underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder and appendix. These issues eventually led Avicii to retire from touring in 2016, though he continued to make new music.
Fellow musicians and artists paid tribute to the late DJ on social media including producer Hardwell, Madonna, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Nile Rodgers, and Dua Lipa.