Death of Swedish Music Icon Avicii Shakes Students

The music industry received news of a devastating blow that also affected our school community. Swedish musician Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, passed away last month at the age of 28. He was a worldwide icon with house music producing global hits like Wake Me Up and Levels.

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DJ Avicii performs onstage during Rolling Stone Live SF with Talent Resources on February 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Rolling Stone)

Avicii started touring the world in 2012, and during his career performed in famous festivals like Tomorrowland, Coachella and Ultra music festival. He stopped performing in 2016 due to stress and depression, but he continued to produce new house music.

Within the Northwood community, the emotions of shock and sadness were reflected in Alexander Ray’s 19’ silence and disbelief. Alex is from the same hometown in Sweden as Avicii. “I called my brother and asked if it was true, I couldn’t believe the news,” he said. Alex wasn’t the only one in disbelief, the whole music industry was caught off guard.

I Alex how he felt about his idol passing. “It was sad and depressing to hear a great musician pass away at such a young age. I have a lot of his songs on my playlist. My favorite song is Wake Me Up.”

The death of Avicii was acknowledged all over the world. His music received tributes in the form of church bells in the Netherlands and a choir in Sweden. The church bells in the Netherlands played Avicii songs Wake Me Up and Hey Brother. His peers have paid tribute to his music by playing his songs during their concerts. These musicians include Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell.

TMZ reports that his death resulted from numerous self-inflicted cuts from broken glass.


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