Today brings devastating news from the music world. Swedish DJ and producer Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, has died at the age of 28.
He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday, a mere two years after announcing his retirement from music.
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," reads a statement from the artist's representatives. "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."
Although Avicii had told publications that he felt "happy" and "free" after retiring, he was plagued by a number of health problems leading up to his death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tim suffered from an acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
"I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time," he said not long after retiring. "This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I'm happier than I have been in a very, very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time. I can't say I'm never going to have a show again. I just don't think I'm going to go back to the touring life."
As a resident DJ at both XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club, Avicii was a popular Las Vegas mainstay up until his retirement in 2016.
EDM superstars from around the world have taken to social media to share their heartbreak, memories and love for Avicii.
"Devastating news about Avicii," starts Calvin Harris. "A beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do." "At a loss for words ... rest easy brother," posted Marshmello. Deorro added that he "can't believe we lost one of the greatest music influencers of our time." And Eric Prydz kept it simple: "I have no words. RIP Tim."
Avicii's music and memory will continue to influence DJs and music-lovers for years to come. Rest in peace, Tim Bergling.