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“Life is brutal”: The music community mourns the death of Avicii

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“We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician.”
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Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ and music producer who went by the stage name Avicii, passed away on Friday (April 20). The 28-year-old was found dead in Oman’s capital city, Muscat, according to a statement released by his publicist, Diana Baron. No cause of death has been released.

Avicii rose to fame in 2011 with his hit “Levels” and achieved pop-stardom in the years following its release, garnering two Grammy nominations for best dance recording in 2012 and 2013. He is credited with being a pioneer in the rise of EDM, collaborating with the likes of Madonna and Coldplay, and was named by Forbes as the sixth-highest-paid DJ on earth in 2015.

His songs have been streamed over a billion times on Spotify; both “Levels” and his most popular song “Wake Me Up!” were certified platinum. Within minutes of his reported death condolences from friends and fans—as well as tributes from some of the biggest names in music—rolled in online.

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