Tributes are flowing in for Avicii, following the tragic news of his sudden death at the age of just 28.
As the world struggles to come to grips with the shock of his loss, many of his musical peers including Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Dua Lipa, One Direction’s Liam Payne, Zedd, Rita Ora, Kaskade and more have taken to social media to honour the legendary Swedish producer and share their grief.
Harris has described Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, as “a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do”, Deadmau5 said “nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music”, while Ora and Kaskade both said they were “heartbroken” by the news of his death.
Avicii’s cause of death is not yet known, but the beloved Swedish DJ’s publicist has confirmed to Billboard that his body was found in Oman.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” an official press statement reads.
“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.”
The Grammy-nominated EDM legend retired from touring back in 2016 after several years of ongoing health issues, including “acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking”.
He was hospitalised in 2012, before suffering from sporadic stomach issues a year later leading eventually to a ruptured appendix, along with needing to have his gallbladder removed in 2014.
He last toured Australia in 2013 as part of Future Music Festival, and was taken to hospital in Brisbane during that time.
You can read a slew of social media tributes from Avicii’s peers in the music industry, below.
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young … what a talent he was. rest in peace x
— Liam (@LiamPayne) April 20, 2018
Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 20, 2018
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) April 20, 2018
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away….💔
Thoughts go out to his family and friends…
— Zedd (@Zedd) April 20, 2018
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii 🙁 Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018
I cannot express enough that @Avicii revolutionized dance music, and effortlessly. An unparalleled writer and one of my biggest inspirations will be remembered and missed for centuries to come. We love you Tim.
— ▽ (@3LAU) April 20, 2018
devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too young. the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art. sending all my love to his friends and family. Xxdr
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) April 20, 2018
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii's family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
. @Avicii was talented and kind, and I was genuinely excited to see what would come next from him. His future most certainly should have been written beyond age 28. I am
Rest easy Tim.
— Kaskade (@kaskade) April 20, 2018