Avicii’s family thanks fans for support after his death

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In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo, Avicii accepts the award for favorite artist — electronic dance music — at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. | John Shearer/Invision/AP, File

NEW YORK — The family of Avicii is thanking his fans for their support days after the superstar DJ died.

Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead Friday in Muscat, Oman. Details about his death were not revealed.

“We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs,” his family said in a statement released Monday.

The Grammy-nominated Swedish performer received a number of tributes at concerts and Coachella, ranging from acts like Nick Jonas to Kygo to Tiesto. Stockholm fans observed a minute of silence in his honor on Saturday.

“Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music … and moments of silence around the world,” the statement read. “We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way.”

Avicii was an international pop star, performing his well-known electronic dance songs around the world for die-hard fans, sometimes hundreds of thousands at music festivals, where he was the headline act. His hits include “Le7els” and “Wake Me Up,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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, earning international hits, fame, awards and more like typical pop stars.

The performer had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover.

He retired from performing in 2016 but still produced albums and songs.

MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press Music Writer

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