Rest in peace Avicii 1989-2018

The body of the Swedish-born producer, who is known for his EDM hits Wake Me Up,  Levels and Hey Brother, was found in Oman on Friday, a publicist confirmed.

The cause of Avicii's death is not yet known. 

Avicii, born Tim Bergling, quit touring in 2016 due to battles with his health, suffering from acute pancreatitis and had to have his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

In the past, the DJ struggled with addiction and was hospitalised twice for alcohol related issues. 

The musician was seen just days ago while posing with fans at the luxury Muscat Hills Resort, which could be some of the last photos of him alive.

The DJ's publicist said in a statement: 'It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

'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.'

No more details about his death were provided. Oman police and state media had no immediate report late Friday night on the artist's death.

Maitrai Joshi, who is resident DJ at the resort, is seen in one of the photos with Avicii at the resort.

Joshi, 29, told Mail Online that he met the famous producer last weekend, seeing him on Friday and Saturday.

He said: 'It was shocking for us to see him there in Oman. He was on vacation, he said it was his first time in Oman.' 

The DJ was enjoying himself so much in the Middle Eastern country that he extended his stay an extra eight days; he was supposed to go home that Sunday, according to Joshi. 

Joshi said he didn't recall if Avicii was drinking but noted that he was in good spirits while enjoying the luxury resort with a small group of friends.

He added to Norwegian paper VG: 'He was very nice, in good shape. Last Friday they were out on a boat, and the day after I know he was having dinner with friends. This is shocking news. 

'I do not know what might have happened. He was very nice and happy.' 

American Christina Hlosek also was seen
Avicii battled with acute pancreatitis - which is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas - due in part to excessive drinking.

As a result he had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, cancelling a series of shows in attempt to recover. 

He quit touring in 2016 in order to focus on his health and recovery. 

In November 2017, footage was released of the musician hospital-ridden in Australia while struggling with his health during his worldwide arena tour. 

The snippet was from the Swedish artist's documentary, AVICII: TRUE STORIES. 

The clip was uploaded to Avicii's Facebook and the star admitted at the time he was apprehensive about sharing his in-depth battles against stress, anxiety and illness.  

He wrote about the video: 'I'm really excited. I'm also a bit nervous because it is kind of gritty sometimes. It's very personal. There's a lot of ups and downs. It's going to be interesting to see what people say.' 

Footage shot by documentary maker Levan Tsikurishvili between 2013 and 2016 shows Australian doctors telling the DJ his gall bladder needs removing.

'Normally you'd take your gall bladder out before you go home on hospital admission, the reason being, so you don't get another attack in the mean time,' the doctor says.

'We understand your situation in that you're in the middle of a world tour...we think at some stage you need your gall bladder out.'

The video later shows the 28-year-old appearing disoriented and light-headed as he tried to grasp what day it is. 

He looked exhausted, and his eyes went into a haze and rolled back into his head several times.
In the piece, he also touched on his battle with anxiety and drinking.

He said: 'You are traveling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, there’s free alcohol everywhere—it’s sort of weird if you don’t drink.

'I just got into a habit, because you rely on that encouragement and self-confidence you get from alcohol, and then you get dependent on it.'

Although he quit touring two years ago, the DJ continued making music in the studio, and collaborated with everyone from Madonna to Coldplay.

'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.' 

Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour.  
He was part of the wave of DJ-producers, like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, who broke out on the scene as lead performers in their own right, earning international hits, fame, awards and more like typical pop stars. 

Avicii earned $250,000 a night when playing out sold-out shows, according to GQ, and was once named as one of Forbes' highest paid DJs.

He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. Known for Wake Me Up! The Days, You Make Me, and the recent Lonely Together with Rita Ora, Avicii's biggest hit was Levels. 

Avicii's death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP Avicii (01), which he released last August.

Last year, the musician posted a statement on his website in which he said creating music was what he lived for. 

He wrote: '[Creating music] 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.

'The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.'

As news of his death broke on Friday, Avicii's celebrity friends rushed to pay tribute. 

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