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Swedish musician Avicii dead at 28, cause unknown


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Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, this past Friday. He was 28 years old when he passed away to an undisclosed cause of death.

According to a statement by Avicii’s publicist, Diana Baron, the family is devastated by the loss and won’t be providing any further statements.

The Swedish DJ, musician and record mixer started producing at the age of 16. He specialized in genres like Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and was known for his songs “Wake Me Up,” “Hey Brother”  and “Lay Me Down.”

His debut studio album, “True,” was released in 2013. It topped charts in the U.S., Australia, Sweden and Denmark. The album came in top 10 in more than 15 countries.

In 2016, Avicii retired from his career as a travelling musician through a letter posted on his website.

“We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters the most to us. For me, it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do,” said a statement in Avicii’s official website.

The young artist struggled with excessive drinking. He suffered from acute pancreatitis at the age of 21. In 2014, Avicii cancelled a series of shows to recover from an appendix removal. 

In 2017, “Avicci: True Stories” was released. The documentary showed the artist through his ups and downs in music, his struggle with fame and health scares.

In his short life, he released two albums: True (2013) and Stories (2015). True was a global sensation with “Wake Me Up,” a combination of country and EDM,  that featured Aloe Blacc. 

Avicii, along with his former manager Ash Pournouri, started House for Hunger in 2011. The charity donated to organizations like Feeding America and The Feed Foundation in an effort to fight global hunger issue.

Celebrities, fans and fellow EDM artists flooded social media soon after the announcement of his death. Avicii is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers.

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Swedish musician Avicii dead at 28, cause unknown