Avicii, musician known for 'Wake Me Up,' dead at 28

Tim Bergling, the Swedish musician and DJ better known as Avicii, has died, according to Variety. He was 28.

A statement sent to the media from his representative says the artist "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."

His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP Avicii (01). He was nominated alongside his peers, who have taken EDM mainstream of late -- the Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and Kygo.

Known for songs such as "Wake Me Up" and "Levels," Avicii performed live for the final time in Ibiza on Aug. 28, 2016. He cited health reasons as the reason for his retirement from touring.

Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in an attempt to recover.

"It's been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent," Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016.

"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. It came with a price -- a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me -- but it was the best journey of my life."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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