What Is Avicii's Cause of Death? Swedish DJ Found Dead in Oman

Updated | Swedish DJ Avicii was found dead at the age of 28 in Oman on Friday. Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was one of the most prominent producers in the EDM world.

"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," his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement to Billboard. "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."

The EDM superstar was best known for songs like "Wake Me Up," "Hey Brother," and "The Nights." He first rose to fame when his song "Levels" was released in 2011. The following year, he earned a Grammy nomination for "Sunshine," a collaboration with David Guetta. "Wake Me Up," when it came out in 2013, became one of the most-streamed songs on Spotify.

Avicii stopped performing in 2016, telling fans he was suffering from health problems. He had acute pancreatitis, which was partly because of drinking too much, Variety noted. The DJ's appendix and gallbladder were removed in 2014.

"We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters most to us," he wrote on his website last year. "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," Avicii wrote. "The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do."

Ending his tour early and retiring at the age of 26 wasn't easy, but Avicii said it was the right decision. "This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far," he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. "But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I'm happier than I have been in a very, very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time. I can't say I'm never going to have a show again. I just don't think I'm going to go back to the touring life."

Further information was not immediately known.

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DJ Avicii poses at the MasterCard Lounge at Westwood One Backstage, in Los Angeles, on February 13, 2016. Avicii was found dead at 28. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCard
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