Wednesday 23 May 2018

Death of Swedish DJ Avicii (28): World of music continues to pay tribute

Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) takes a selfie on Table Mountain, South Africa in this picture obtained from social media January 11, 2018. Instagram/Avicii via REUTERS
Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) takes a selfie on Table Mountain, South Africa in this picture obtained from social media January 11, 2018. Instagram/Avicii via REUTERS
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Avicii had established a successful music career, scoring two UK numbers ones (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
Avicii has died at the age of 28 (Yui Mok/PA)
Avicii performing during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Joe Nerssessian

Nile Rodgers has offered his love to "little bro" Avicii following the Swedish DJ's death.

The electronic dance music producer, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead aged 28 in Oman on Friday afternoon.

An avid collaborator, Avicii worked with Rodgers and Adam Lambert on Lay Me Down from his debut album, True.

He had also been helping to producer the upcoming Chic album after forming an "instantaneous bond" with Rodgers.

The Chic star and producer broke down in tears when hearing the news of Avicii's death, he revealed in a series of posts on Twitter on Friday evening.

He wrote: "I was just told my dear friend Tim @avicii just passed away. Please let this be a hoax. If not #RIPAVICII one of the best natural melody.

"Dear Tim your family have my most heartfelt condolences. You were my little bro. Love always.

"I'm crying on the airplane. I hope I don't make the passengers nervous."

Lambert posted: "RIP Tim. You were a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit. Fond memories of creating music."

Dozens of other stars from across the world of music also offered tributes including Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, pop star Dua Lipa and Liam Payne.

Avicii has died at the age of 28 (Yui Mok/PA)
Avicii has died at the age of 28 (Yui Mok/PA)
Avicii performing during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

American singer Charlie Puth tweeted: "Wow, I 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."

Payne posted he was "truly devastated" while Lipa said it was "too young and way too soon".

Harris tweeted: "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."

Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) takes a selfie on Table Mountain, South Africa in this picture obtained from social media January 11, 2018. Instagram/Avicii via REUTERS
Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) takes a selfie on Table Mountain, South Africa in this picture obtained from social media January 11, 2018. Instagram/Avicii via REUTERS

Stylist and DJ Gok Wan revealed he would be paying tribute to the producer at a show in Dublin on Friday night.

He wrote on Twitter: "So shocked to here (sic) of Avicii passing... I've been DJIng a few years now and his tracks always get the entire crowd jumping with absolute joy... a true trailblazer...

"I'm playing in Dublin tonight and will for sure be playing tribute with many of his incredible tracks... RIP."

Avicii had established a successful music career, scoring two UK numbers ones (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
Avicii had established a successful music career, scoring two UK numbers ones (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

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