He collaborated with such megastars as Madonna and Coldplay. On Friday, fans of electronic dance music shocked at the death of Swedish DJ Avicii at age 28. Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling was a huge attraction at music festivals and also a prolific producer. Known for such international hits as Wake Me Up and Hey Brother.
Billboard's head of EDM, Matt Medved.>> Avicii was one of dance music's brightest talents and bravest trail blazers. He never shied away from taking stylistic risks to push the envelope and help move electronic music forward. When he combined elements of country music and folk music with electronic music, he earned some enemies in the process.
But he was ultimately vindicated.>> His EDM work winning him several American Music Awards and MTV Europe awards. Avicii, seen here playing Brooklyn New York's Barclays Center in 2014, quit touring two years later, penning a letter to his fans and telling Billboard magazine it was for health reasons.
In 2013, Avicii underwent surgery for a ruptured appendix and a blocked gallbladder. He also suffered from acute pancreatitis, due in part to excessive drinking, according to the magazine. Avicii died in Oman's capital of Muscat, no cause of death was given. His publicist saying, quote, the family is devastated.