The death Friday of 28-year-old Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs, stunned his fans and the music world.
Two years after his unusually early retirement due to nagging health concerns, the Swedish DJ was found dead on a visit to the Gulf kingdom’s capital Muscat, a statement said.
Here are some of the key reactions [as posted on social media] to the death of Avicii, a Swede whose real name is Tim Bergling.
Madonna, who hired Avicii as a producer on her last album:
“We had the honor to have known him and admired him both as an artist and the beautiful person that he was.” — Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and his wife Sofia.
Prominent electronic producer Diplo:
You set the precedent for the rest of us producers/ opened doors and set the trends . A real groundbreaker and influencer to all your peers . You should have lived to be 150.. but your music is gonna live forever . I'm not just saying that.. but you are the only one to always make timeless songs. You were the gold standard . You made me want try and make dance music when i first heard "seek bromance" . And then u kept making feel like shit cause you kept gettin better and i couldn't even mix a snare right .. you were the best of this generation . A real superstar I know you had your demons and maybe this wasn't the right place for you sometimes , but we need to protect true artists like you at all costs because there are not enough left and we are losing too many .. be good Tim
Leading DJ David Guetta, who collaborated with Avicii, on Twitter:
Something really horrible happened. We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician. Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as djs or just enjoying life as friends.
RIP @Avicii pic.twitter.com/IGiTYetJcq
— David Guetta (@davidguetta) April 20, 2018
Dutch superstar, Tiesto, an early mentor to Avicii:
Words can not describe how I feel right now..I am gonna miss you brother pic.twitter.com/AjBgXi5gVR
— Tiësto (@tiesto) April 20, 2018
Calvin Harris, the top-paid DJ last year according to Forbes:
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
Canadian DJ Deadmau5, who had mocked Avicii when he announced a retirement from touring:
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018
Pop singer Charlie Puth:
Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 20, 2018