The family of world-famous DJ Avicii have arrived in Oman, where the musician’s body was found.
Oman Police said Avicii’s parents, brother and two sisters are in the country to organise the return of his body. The authorities also said the family are ‘completely devastated’, reports People Magazine.
According to a source in the Oman police force, there is ‘no criminal suspicion’ around the death of the DJ.
The Grammy-nominated electronic dance artist, born Tim Birling, died at the age of 28 on Friday and his body was found in Muscat, Oman.
Avicii’s body is set to be flown home to Sweden later this week.
The cause of death is still unclear, although a source claims that there is absolutely no criminal suspicion behind it following two post-mortem examinations.
The latest update was revealed by a Sky News source in the Oman police force who said ‘we absolutely confirmed that there is no criminal suspicion of death’.
Avicii’s brother, David Bergling, has reportedly travelled to Muscat to find out more about his sibling’s death as the cause is not yet known.
Police told People magazine: ‘He is survived by his parents, two brothers and sister — who are all completely devastated.’
Earlier, thousands gathered to mourn the Swedish born musician – who was known for his EDM hits Wake Me Up, Levels and Hey Brother – at Sergels Torg in central Stockholm.
A photo shows DJ Avicii holding a drink just one day before his death. The electronic musician, who died on Friday while vacationing in Oman, was seen relaxing on a yacht, reports TMZ
Thousands of fans of Avicii’s gathered to honour the much-loved producer at Sergels Torg in central Stockholm today
Many of his fans took to Twitter to share their experiences of Sergels Torg and to pay heartfelt tributes to the Swedish DJ
Others described the emotion of the event, which saw fans sing, dance and cry while recounting some of their memories of the DJ and his music
The square was filled with admirers who wanted to pay tribute to the star after he was found dead on Friday in Omar
People came to mourn together as they heard about the producers death – with the cause still not yet known
Fans flooded to Sergels Torg to pay tribute to the DJ, listening to his music and celebrating his memory together.
They took to social media to share photos and videos from the memorial.
On Instagram, user pridesussie shared a series of photos from the event and wrote: ‘Today at Sergels Torg. Memorial time as well as tribute to Avicii. Too young, he became a guardian angel among the clouds.’
On Twitter, user Lena Ankarklo commented: ‘Avicii on Sergels Torg. We are here and remember and honor the nice, the great and the best Tim. All thoughts to his mom Anki.’
While user namjooncito wrote: ‘Went to the memorial for Avicii at Sergels Torg and lots of cameras on our faces when we sang along/cried! But this was so big and memorable.’
Vladi Mart also shared a photo and wrote: ‘Serguei Square, Stockholm. People gathered to say goodbye to the wonderful musician, Tim Bergling. I liked his work, the themes in which he reminded of the value of time and the need to live exactly for today. Thanks for the melodies that bring us joy! He left at the age of 28. Truly, very sorry.’
Randi Häussler shared a photo from the scene and said: ‘Hands up to honor and music from idol Avicii on the Sergelstorg in Stockholm.’
Instagram user emmyelsa said: ‘Heaven just got a new star. Thanks for the music, memories and all the joy you gave millions of people, Tim. Rest in peace and see you on the other side. Love goes out to family & friends in this sad time.’
Several of the DJ’s most popular hits were played during the tribute with thousands of fans seen dancing and singing along
One Avicii fan thanked the DJ for reminding him of the importance of ‘living exactly for today’ while sharing a photo of the memorial
This fan shared a heartfelt tribute to the DJ, saying that he gave joy to millions of people and that heaven now has a new star
There was also a poignant moment of silence for the DJ with the thousands of fans respectfully and impeccably observing it
There was hardly a free space in the entire area as fans lined every inch in order to celebrate the life of the popular DJ
The musician was seen just days ago while posing with fans at the luxury Muscat Hills Resort, though to be some of the last photos of him alive.
Born Tim Bergling, Avicii quit touring in 2016 due to battles with his health, suffering from acute pancreatitis and had to have his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
In the past, the DJ struggled with addiction and was hospitalised twice for alcohol related issues.
The fans waved their hands in the air, sang and danced while listening to some of his biggest hits, including hit single Don’t Wake Me Up
Thousands flooded to central Stockholm to pay tribute to the DJ and took to social media to share photos from the event held in his memory
Last picture? Avicii was found dead aged 28 in Oman on Friday. The musician was seen days ago at Muscat Hills Resort, posing with DJ Maitrai Joshi (pictured)
A fan posted this photo of the musician, writing: ‘RIP @avicii, can’t believe I got to meet you in Muscat just 6 days ago, far too young to go’
Avicii dead at 28: Swedish DJ Tim Bergling’s body found in Oman leaving family ‘devastated’; he is seen in Los Angeles late last year
His brother has checked into an upscale hotel just 15 minutes from where Avicii stayed, claims TMZ.
Swedish reports say the DJ had checked out of Muscat Hills sometime last week and David will most likely want to discover exactly where his brother went in the days leading up to his death.
It comes as fans around the world noticed the heartbreaking final tweet from the legendary DJ, as it gains new poignancy in the wake of his death.
Avicii was recently nominated for the Billboard Music Awards 2018 in the ‘Top Dance/Electronic Album’, for his six-track EP Avīci.
He wrote a few days ago: ‘Thanks for the nomination! @billboard #BBMAS’
The DJ’s publicist said in a statement: ‘It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.
‘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.’
No more details about his death were provided. Oman police and state media had no immediate report late Friday night on the artist’s death.
Avicii was recently nominated for the Billboard Music Awards 2018 in the ‘Top Dance/Electronic Album’, for his six-track EP Avīci. He wrote a few days ago: ‘Thanks for the nomination! @billboard #BBMAS’
Although the DJ had been hospitalised in the past for excessive drinking, he claimed to have never taken the drug MDMA or Molly, which is known for being popular with fans of his music
Maitrai Joshi, who is resident DJ at the resort, is seen in one of the photos with Avicii at the resort.
Joshi, 29, told Mail Online that he met the famous producer last weekend, seeing him on Friday and Saturday.
He said: ‘It was shocking for us to see him there in Oman. He was on vacation, he said it was his first time in Oman.’
The DJ was enjoying himself so much in the Middle Eastern country that he extended his stay an extra eight days; he was supposed to go home that Sunday, according to Joshi.
Joshi said he didn’t recall if Avicii was drinking but noted that he was in good spirits while enjoying the luxury resort with a small group of friends.
He added to Norwegian paper VG: ‘He was very nice, in good shape. Last Friday they were out on a boat, and the day after I know he was having dinner with friends. This is shocking news.
‘I do not know what might have happened. He was very nice and happy.’
American Christina Hlosek also was seen in a photo with Avicii, she said: ‘It’s a shock to me that he’s dead now. I could not believe the news when I read it.’
In November 2017, footage (pictured) was released of the musician hospital-ridden in Australia while struggling with his health during his worldwide arena tour
Last post: Avicii shared this picture of himself posing in the rain on April 4, writing ‘It’s always sunny in California’
Avicii battled with acute pancreatitis – which is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas – due in part to excessive drinking.
What is acute pancreatitis and how is it different from pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, can come on quickly, when it is described as ‘acute’, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.
It also can be a long-standing problem, when it’s known as ‘chronic’, where the pancreas slowly becomes more damaged over time.
The most common symptom for both is pain in the abdomen that radiates to the back, along with nausea and vomiting.
The theory is alcohol can cause the pancreatic duct to spasm, blocking the release of digestive juices.
That inflames the pancreatic tissue. Other less common factors are faulty genes and viral infections such as measles or mumps.
The dead tissue is vulnerable to infection and can lead to organ failure, so it needs to be removed.
Around 25,000 cases of pancreatitis every year in Britain are acute. In 80 per cent of these, patients recover within a week.
However, 5 per cent of patients will be extremely unwell, with serious and even fatal complications.
As a result he had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, cancelling a series of shows in attempt to recover.
He quit touring in 2016 in order to focus on his health and recovery.
In November 2017, footage was released of the musician hospital-ridden in Australia while struggling with his health during his worldwide arena tour.
The snippet was from the Swedish artist’s documentary, AVICII: TRUE STORIES.
The clip was uploaded to Avicii’s Facebook and the star admitted at the time he was apprehensive about sharing his in-depth battles against stress, anxiety and illness.
He wrote about the video: ‘I’m really excited. I’m also a bit nervous because it is kind of gritty sometimes. It’s very personal. There’s a lot of ups and downs. It’s going to be interesting to see what people say.’
Footage shot by documentary maker Levan Tsikurishvili between 2013 and 2016 shows Australian doctors telling the DJ his gall bladder needs removing.
‘Normally you’d take your gall bladder out before you go home on hospital admission, the reason being, so you don’t get another attack in the mean time,’ the doctor says.
‘We understand your situation in that you’re in the middle of a world tour…we think at some stage you need your gall bladder out.’
The video later shows the 28-year-old appearing disoriented and light-headed as he tried to grasp what day it is.
He looked exhausted, and his eyes went into a haze and rolled back into his head several times.
Although the DJ had been hospitalised in the past for excessive drinking, he claimed to have never taken the drug MDMA or Molly, which is known for being popular with fans of his music.
In an interview with GQ in 2013, he said: ‘I mean, I want to take it. But I’m sort of afraid of anything that makes you feel out of control.’
The DJ was last romantically linked to former Canadian model Raquel Bettencourt (pictured together in 2013)
He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. Known for Wake Me Up! The Days, You Make Me, and the recent Lonely Together with Rita Ora, Avicii’s biggest hit was Levels
Pictured: The late producer and DJ with his mother during his childhood
In the piece, he also touched on his battle with anxiety and drinking.
He said: ‘You are traveling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, there’s free alcohol everywhere—it’s sort of weird if you don’t drink.
‘I just got into a habit, because you rely on that encouragement and self-confidence you get from alcohol, and then you get dependent on it.’
Music veteran Nile Rodgers has paid tribute to the star and revealed his fears over the producers alcohol issues as he was ‘drunk’ the last time they saw each other.
Nile, who worked alongside Avicii many times over the years, last teamed up with the star at a concert three years ago.
The Chic star revealed he was distraught to discover his friend was ‘drunk’ and warned him about the risks to his health.
He told the Associated Press: ‘He had promised me he would stop drinking, and when I saw him he was drunk that night. And I was like, ‘Whoa. Dude. C’mon. What are you doing? What’s going on? You said that that was done,’
Music veteran Nile Rodgers has now revealed his fears over the producers alcohol issues as he was ‘drunk’ the last time they saw each other
Nile Rodgers paid tribute to the DJ on Twitter calling him his ‘little bro’ (pictured)
‘We did a show and I was a little upset. I didn’t even stick around for his performance because it was breaking my heart.’
He added: ‘I’m shocked because I don’t know medically what happened, but I can just say as a person, as a friend, and more importantly, as a musician, Tim was one of the greatest, natural melody writers I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with some of the most brilliant musicians on this planet.’
Although Avicii quit touring two years ago, the DJ continued making music in the studio, and collaborated with everyone from Madonna to Coldplay.
‘It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent,’ Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016.
‘When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.’
Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour.
He was part of the wave of DJ-producers, like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, who broke out on the scene as lead performers in their own right, earning international hits, fame, awards and more like typical pop stars.
Avicii earned $250,000 a night when playing out sold-out shows, according to GQ, and was once named as one of Forbes’ highest paid DJs.
Popular: Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour
Fellow producer Calvin Harris was one of the first to tweet, writing: ‘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’
Avicii was part of the wave of DJ-producers, like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, who broke out on the scene as lead performers in their own right. Pictured: Louis Tomlinson posted this photo with the DJ
He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. Known for Wake Me Up! The Days, You Make Me, and the recent Lonely Together with Rita Ora, Avicii’s biggest hit was Levels.
Avicii’s death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP Avicii (01), which he released last August.
Last year, the musician posted a statement on his website in which he said creating music was what he lived for.
He wrote: ‘[Creating music] 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.’
As news of his death broke on Friday, Avicii’s celebrity friends rushed to pay tribute.
Tragedy: Dua Lipa followed suit saying: ‘Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x.’
Condolences: Avicii’s collaborators and friends rushed to pay tribute as the news broke
Fellow producer Calvin Harris was one of the first to tweet, writing: ‘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.’
Former One Direction star Liam Payne wrote: ‘Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young … what a talent he was. rest in peace.’
Charlie Puth added: ‘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.’
Dua Lipa followed suit saying: ‘Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x.’ (sic)
Ellie Goulding expressed: ‘Rest easy Avicii, you inspired so many of us. Wish I could have said that to you in person x.’ (sic)
Fans were likewise distressed,flooding social media with tributes.
AVICII’S FIVE BIGGEST EDM HITS
I Could Be The One
He scored his first UK number one in February 2013 alongside Dutch DJ Nicky Romero with I Could Be The One. The track, which features uncredited vocals from Swedish singer Noonie Bao, also topped the charts in Hungary and entered the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Ireland.
Avicii had to fight his way into the mainstream. In 2011 X Factor winner Leona Lewis and her record label, Syco, had to settle a legal dispute with the DJ after he claimed they used an instrumental that was a direct copy of his own song, Fade Into Darkness. Collide was eventually released as a collaboration between Lewis and Avicii which skyrocketed his career and scored a number four in the charts.
Wake Me Up
Taken from his hugely successful debut album, True, Wake Me Up saw Avicii pick up his second number one in the UK charts. The track – featuring Aloe Blacc’s vocals – was the lead single for the album and became a 2013 summer anthem.
Lay Me Down
Also taken from True, Lay Me Down saw Avicii team up with Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert. Rodgers lends his songwriting and guitar backing skills while Lambert – who performed the single during his own solo tour – is on vocals.
Again off True, Hey Brother was an instant commercial success. American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski lends his vocals for the track which came from Avicii offering his brother advice. An official music video released in 2013 saw two brothers growing up in wartime America, with the older brother dying in the Vietnam war.