Famed Swedish DJ and producer Avicii (born Tim Bergling) was found dead this afternoon in Oman.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement from his representative reads. “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.”

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KiSS Remembers Avicii

Originally Aired: April 20, 2018

He had publicly suffered from several health problems for years, including acute pancreatitis. According to Variety, he also had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. The 28-year-old artist formally retired from the tour circuit in 2016 due to health reasons.

Being in the studio for me is being home.

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In conversation with BillboardAvicii admitted to suffering from illness in part due to excessive drinking. Of his decision to quit touring, he said, “To me it was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”

In 2017, he shared a statement to his website which said, “WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US. For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.”

Avicii continued, “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. Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.”

In August 2017, he released his six-track EP Av?ci (01) to critical acclaim. On April 17, he was nominated for Top Dance/Electronic Album by the Billboard Music Awards.

No further details are known at this time.