By Ben and Harry – Correspondents for General News section
Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead on Friday afternoon in a five-star resort in Muscat, Oman. The cause of his death has not yet been announced, but two years ago he announced his retirement after suffering from health problems.
Rita Ora, who had recently collaborated with him on the track Lonely Together, tweeted that she had “no words” after hearing the news.
Radio 1 presenter Annie Mac began her Friday evening show paying tribute to Avicii, saying it’s a “massive loss for dance music” and that it was “absolutely devastating news”.
It’s known that he has been suffering from pancreatitis, reportedly caused by heavy drinking.
“Drinking became routine for me, but it’s impossible to keep up touring and drinking at the same time, because you are going to crash.”
During his career he has achieved 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour, as nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones.
Nicky Romero, who collaborated with Avicii on I Could Be The One, said:
“He was more of the musician in the studio than the guy that wants to be on stage, tour the world.”
“I never really thought that he was super enjoying his DJ sets. It felt like he wanted to do it but he didn’t want to feel the pressure of it or be the guy that’s in the spotlight in front of thousands and thousands of people.”
Also despite his earlier death, fans were touched by his work and he won’t be forgotten as shown by the spirited vigil held in Stockholm where the masses of participants showed that they will lead his legacy onward.