Avicii, or Tim Bergling, the Swedish house DJ was found dead while on vacation this past week. No details surrounding his death are released, but police ruled out criminal suspicion. His death leaves his family devastated, and they ask for privacy at this time. His tragic death at age 28 has stunned the EDM world.
In 2016, Avicii decided to retire from touring. His party lifestyle since fame was unstable and left him with medical scares. By age 21 Avicii developed pancreatitis from over-drinking. Due to this and anxiety, Avicii stopped touring in order to return to making the music. He had yet to return when he died.
The Swedish House DJ is known for pulling from all genres of music when making his mixes. Bergling collaborated with bluegrass artists like Dan Tyminski in the making of his hit “Hey Brother”. The album featuring this song, True reached platinum status. The song “Levels” takes Etta James’s famous “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and remixes it perfectly. Everyone knows this remix now. The DJ’s second album released in 2015, Stories, also reached platinum level. The single “Wake Me Up” soon became the eighth most downloaded song in the United Kingdom. Although not from the UK, I remember hearing this song so many times on the radio that I got sick of it. However, Aloe Blacc’s soulful singing on this track along with Bergling’s electronic wisdom, the song is a banger. Bergling was nominated for Best Dance Performance Grammy in 2012 and 2013.
The EDM world is reeling. His young spirit and fresh takes on DJing were unlike anything else on the scene today. Since his influence was so far reaching, artists from across genres are all mourning the loss. Rapper Wyclef Jean said Bergling was like his little brother. He will be sorely missed by all.