SOUND OF A GEN­ER­A­TION

As the world mourns the death of chart- top­ping king of dance Avicii, his fam­ily begs for pri­vacy

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

ONE of mu­sic’s su­per­stars, the Swedish DJ Tim Ber­gling, bet­ter known as Avicii, has died in Oman after years of phys­i­cal and emo­tional strug­gle. He was 28.

Avicii was a hugely in­flu­en­tial and genre-hop­ping artist and one of the few DJs ca­pa­ble of sell­ing out festival gigs and arena tours around the world, in­clud­ing in Aus­tralia.

He also pro­duced chart-top­ping col­lab­o­ra­tions with acts from across the mu­si­cal spec­trum, in­clud­ing Madonna, Rita Ora and Coldplay, and was a truly orig­i­nal mu­si­cian whose range en­com­passed soul, blue­grass, coun­try and hip-hop.

“It is with pro­found sor­row that we an­nounce the loss of Tim Ber­gling, also known as Avicii,” a state­ment from his pub­li­cist read.

“He was found dead in Mus­cat, Oman this Fri­day af­ter­noon lo­cal time, April 20. The fam­ily is dev­as­tated and we ask ev­ery­one to please re­spect their need for pri­vacy in this dif­fi­cult time.”

Avicii won two MTV Mu­sic Awards, one Bill­board Mu­sic Award, two Grammy nom­i­na­tions and six top 10 sin­gles in Aus­tralia alone.

He re­tired from per- form­ing in 2016 at the peak of his suc­cess, say­ing he was un­able to man­age the emo­tional strain of tour­ing and the temp­ta­tion to party.

From the age of 21 his health prob­lems in­cluded acute pan­cre­ati­tis, in part due to ex­ces­sive drink­ing. He had his gall blad­der and ap­pen­dix re­moved in 2014.

Avicii posted this state­ment on his web­site last year: “We all reach a point in our lives and ca­reers where we un­der­stand what mat­ters the most to us. For me it’s cre­at­ing mu­sic. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

“Last year I quit per­form­ing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my mu­sic. In­stead, I went back to the place where it all made sense — the stu­dio. Hope you’ll en­joy it as much as I do.”

Ber­gling was born in Stockholm on Septem­ber 8, 1989. He be­gan D-Jing as a teenager and re­leased his first sin­gle in 2007. His 2011 sin­gle Lev­els vaulted him into the main­stream. Sun­shine, his 2012 col­lab­o­ra­tion with David Guetta, was nom­i­nated for a Grammy for best dance record­ing. In Septem­ber of that year, he be­came the first DJ to head­line New York’s pres­ti­gious Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall.

In Au­gust 2017, he re­leased a six-track EP en­ti­tled Avicii, which he said was the first of three in­stal­ments that would be his next al­bum.

He fol­lowed a month later with a doc­u­men­tary called True Sto­ries. In it, pro­mot­ers are seen try­ing to con­vince him to con­tinue tour­ing, even though he is in ob­vi­ous phys­i­cal pain. “I looked at my­self like, ‘F..., you should’ve re­ally stood up for your­self more there. Come on, Tim!’ ” he told Rolling Stone in an in­ter­view pub­lished last Septem­ber. “Why didn’t I stop the ship ear­lier?”

Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages, AFP

Star DJ Avicii is joined by Madonna at the Ul­tra Mu­sic Festival in Miami, Florida, in March 2012.

Avicii in 2015, and (left) with Austin Ma­hone and Ken­dall Jen­ner.

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