Within a few days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award, international dance music icon DJ Avicii was found dead Friday, April 20 in the city of Muscat, the largest metropolitan city in the Arabian Peninsula of Oman. He was 28.
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. "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."
Avicii suffered acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking and had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. He quit touring in 2016 for health reasons but continued to produce music. The cause of his death is still unknown.
"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," he told Billboard magazine in 2016. "It came with a price - a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me - but it was the best journey of my life."