Tragically, it was announced on April 20 that Tim Berglund, aka Avicii, passed away at the age of 28. Fans of the popular Swedish DJ have taken to Twitter to commemorate Avicii's music. Not only did he make an impression on EDM in general, but he clearly meant a lot to his fans, based on their tweets.
It's hard to think about EDM without thinking of Avicii, whose hits include "Wake Me Up," "Levels," and more recently "Lonely Together," which features Rita Ora. Even though he passed away at such a young age, Avicii had a prolific career. Discogs reports that the DJ released over 40 singles and EPs, starting with 2009's "Muja EP."
The talented DJ announced his retirement from touring in early 2016. According to Time, Avicii wrote a letter on his website saying, "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist." People reports that the artist suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, which forced him to get his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. The cause of Avicii's death is not yet known, but the fact that he passed away at such a young age is heartbreaking.
It's no surprise that other DJs have already responded to news of Avicii's shocking death. Deorro, a DJ set to play at Coachella this upcoming weekend, posted on Twitter, "Cant believe we lost one of the greatest music influencers of our time. Way too young to leave. Thank you for everything [Avicii] Rest In Peace." DJ and music producer Calvin Harris also wrote a touching tribute on Twitter to Avicii, saying, "Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do."
Some of the most heartbreaking tweets come from Avicii's fans, though. A lot of people have shared their favorite Avicii songs while others are posting pictures and videos from seeing him perform live at music festivals and concerts. Many have also shared lyrics from his songs, "Hey Brother" and "Wake Me Up," which are some of the DJ's more emotional tracks. The tributes will punch you right in the gut when you read them.
Seeing all of the Twitter tributes to Avicii speaks to the DJ's enormous popularity. According to Rolling Stone, "Levels" — which features a sample from Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me" — became one of EDM's "most popular acts," and it went platinum in the U.S. while topping other countries' singles charts. It's true that the song became somewhat of a party anthem, and probably everyone who went to a house party after 2011 can probably recall jumping up and down to the song on more than one occasion.
Rolling Stone also reports that Avicii made Forbes' list of highest paid DJs on multiple occasions, and even though his fortune mostly came from money earned on tours, the DJ still decided to stop touring in order to work in the studio more. On Avicii's website, a note reads, "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." He then wrote, "The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys."
It's so painful to think about what Avicii might have been capable of doing with his career in the many years to come. As many fans have expressed on Twitter, Avicii made a lasting impact on EDM, and his fans will continue listening to his amazing music forever.