BREAKING: Swedish DJ Avicii Has Died At 28

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Avicii, the popular Swedish DJ behind hits like "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother," died Friday at age 28, his spokeswoman confirmed in a statement.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," said publicist Diana Baron, per Billboard. "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."

Variety points out that Bergling had retired from live performing in 2016 for unspecified health reasons. (He had previously suffered from acute pancreatitis as the result of excessive drinking.) Last year, he posted the following statement on his website:

"WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.

"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.

"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."

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