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Avicii Dies: Musicians, Celebrities Pay Tribute

Following news of the death of DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, on Friday, celebrities and fellow musicians expressed their condolences on social media.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” a statement from his rep said. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.  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.” He was 28.

Following the news about the passing of Avicii, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which has been his music publisher since 2010, issued the following statement:

“We are mourning the incredibly sad loss of an exceptionally creative talent who we have been honored and proud to represent as one of our songwriters for a number of years. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Fellow EDM star Calvin Harris was among the first to post, tweeting “Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x.”

Pop artist Charlie Puth wrote that he “would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.”

Madonna posted an Instagram photo with Avicii, standing behind his DJ booth with the artist at once of his shows, with the caption, “So Sad……. So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon.” The two worked together on her “Rebel Heart” album, where he served as a producer.

Dua Lipa added that his death was “too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans,” and Liam Payne tweeted that he was “truly devastated for Avicii, very very sad news way too young… what a talent he was.”

Fellow electronic musicians Zedd, 3LAU, Marshmello, Deadmau5 and Dillon Francis sent love on Twitter, with 3LAU writing that he was “an unparalleled writer and one of my biggest inspirations will be remembered and missed for centuries to come.

Imagine Dragons also tweeted thoughts for Avicii, with the band’s frontman Dan Reynolds tweeting that working with the DJ “was one of my favorite collaborative moments.” OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder added that he had “inspired some of my writing and I’m sure thousands of others.” Aloe Blacc, who collaborated with Avicii on “Wake Me Up,” said that “meeting him changed my life.”

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