EDM Star Avicii, DJ Behind 'Le7els' and 'Wake Me Up,' Found Dead in Oman - NBC4 Washington

EDM Star Avicii, DJ Behind 'Le7els' and 'Wake Me Up,' Found Dead in Oman

The 28-year-old's death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP "Avicii (01)"

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    Star DJ Avicii Has Died

    EDM star Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, died at the age of 28. (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    What to Know

    • His other hits include "Wake Me Up" ''The Days" and "You Make Me"

    • He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations

    The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.

    Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.

    "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time," the statement said.

    Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Music and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was "Le7els."

    His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP "Avicii (01)."

    His hits include "Wake Me Up," ''The Days" and "You Make Me." He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary "Avicii: True Stories."

    Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.

    "It's been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent," Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016.

    "When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price - a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me - but it was the best journey of my life."