“Wake Me Up” EDM star Avicii dead at 28

Rich Polk/Getty Images for Rolling StoneAvicii, the hitmaking EDM star born Tim Bergling, has died.  He was 28 years old.  Avicii was best known for his global hits “Wake Me Up,” “Hey Brother” and “Levels.”

In a statement to ABC Radio, his rep says, “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.”

He’d been in bad health for some time. He suffered from acute pancreatitis, and in 2014, had his appendix and gallbladder removed.  In 2016, he retired from live performances due to his health, but wrote in a message to fans last year, “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. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”

A two-time Grammy nominee, Bergling was the first DJ to headline New York’s Radio City Music Hall.  In addition to his own hits, he also did production work and remixes for the likes of Madonna, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz and David Guetta.

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