Hundreds of fans packed a central Stockholm square yesterday to pay tribute to Tim Bergling, better known as the Swedish DJ Avicii, one day after the 28-year-old house musician was found dead in Muscat, Oman.
The impromptu gathering at Sergels Torg in the Swedish capital, webcast by broadcaster SVT and other outlets, opened with a moment of silence.
Some in the crowd danced and formed hearts with their hands when Levels, Somewhere in Stockholm, and other songs by Bergling were played.
Born on September 8, 1989, the Stockholm native began to DJ as a teen.
After his first single was released in 2007, Bergling became known for hits such as Levels, Sunshine, and Wake Me Up.
Earlier yesterday, police in Oman said they did not suspect foul play in connection with Bergling’s death, Swedish broadcaster SVT reported.
“We have all the information, we know what happened but we will not release it to media,” a police spokesperson told SVT.
Authorities were not searching for suspects and “do not suspect any crime”, the report said.
Under the stage name Avicii, Bergling’s international breakthrough came in 2011 with the single Levels, which became a world hit.
The musician went on to collaborate with Madonna, Coldplay, Wyclef Jean and Robbie Williams, among other artists.
Though he stopped touring and performing live in 2016, Bergling had continued to record music and work as a producer until his death.
“So Sad ....... So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon,” Madonna wrote on Twitter.
Other tributes by music professionals were made on social media, and several night clubs in Stockholm held a moment of silence at midnight in tribute to Bergling’s music.
“We wanted to honour Tim, for years he has provided music for our dance floors,” Robert Hallstrand, who owns the Stockholm night spots Rose and Fou was quoted as telling daily Aftonbladet.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven posted on Instagram: “He was one of Sweden’s greatest musical wonders in modern times.”
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