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Swedish DJ Avicii, co-writer of Eurovision 2013 anthem, dead at 28

20 April 2018 at 20:01 CEST
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Swedish DJ Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, died earlier today at the age of 28. Together with ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson he wrote the Eurovision 2013 theme song 'We Write The Story'.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. "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," Baron concluded.

The world famous DJ was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon. No further details about the cause of dead have been announced.

Avicii's fame dates back to 2010, when his song Seek Bromance made it to the charts across Europe. Wake Me Up and Hey Brother became some of Avicii's biggest global hits.

In 2011, Avicii teamed up with his manager to establish House for Hunger, a charity dedicated to solving global hunger. The foundation donated $1 million to the foundation Feeding America.

In 2013, when Sweden hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Host Broadcaster SVT brought together ABBA's Björn and Benny with the young producer, to create a unique anthem for the opening of the Grand Final.

In August 2016, Bergling gave his last live performance in Ibiza, Spain, after which he retired from touring because of health concerns. "I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time in a long time," he said in an interview at the time.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Avicii was nominated for a 2018 Billboard Music Award in the category Top Dance/Electronic Album.

On behalf of the entire Eurovision family we would like to extend our condolences to the friends and relatives of Tim Bergling.