Following the news of Swedish DJ Avicii’s sudden death aged 28 in Oman on Friday 20th April, thousands of fans gathered in Stockholm’s Sergels Torg plaza for a memorial.
In videos shared online from the afternoon of Saturday 21st April, fans of the DJ – real name Tim Bergling – are seen dancing to his music in the street. You can watch the footage below.
Avicii was found dead in his hotel room in Muscat, Oman on Friday. Following two autopsies, authorities have ruled out any “criminal suspicion” in connection to his sudden, tragic death.
Since news broke, respects have been paid across the global dance music community for an artist who had been open in the past about his struggles with anxiety and burnout as a result of fame and the high pressure nature of the job. He had previously spoken candidly about his battle with alcoholism.
It has been confirmed that Avicii’s body will be flown back to Sweden this week. In a statement issued by one of his representatives, his family – who have arrived in Oman – have requested that the international community, “please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given”.
Avicii had ranked at No. 28 in DJ Mag's Top 100 poll last year. His tell-all biopic, True Stories, hit Netflix in 2017.
Following the news of his death, DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding his struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.
Check out 10 unforgettable Avicii moments here.
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