In the wake of the passing of Grammy Award-winning artist Avicii, the man who hit Number 1 in 22 countries with the hit Wake Me Up has been remembered in the most touching way in Holland with his tunes ringing out on church bells.
A church in Utrecht rang out renditions of his songs Wake Me Up, Without You and Hey Brother, and now we’re really feeling all the feels following the loss of the EDM DJ and producer.
Pim Brassien posted three videos to Twitter this morning, Saturday April 21, as the world deals with the shock of Avicii’s death.
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in a hotel in Muscat, Oman, yesterday. He was 28 years old.
The news has shocked people around the world.
Pim’s three videos of the church tribute have received over 500k views at the time of writing.
The performer reportedly suffered from acute pancreatitis, Variety reported, alleged to have been brought on by ‘heavy drinking’, and he had both his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2016.
The same year the artist retired from performing citing health reasons.
A statement released by his reps yesterday stated:
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.
Police in Oman have now broken their silence in relation to the musician’s death, bringing hope as there is ‘no criminal suspicion in the death‘.
This new development brings a ray of light in an extremely difficult time for fans who would want to know more about their beloved star who was notoriously private about his personal life.
Off course! Here is some more: pic.twitter.com/533JUdbRSR
— Pim Brassien (@pimbrassien) April 21, 2018
Moving tributes to the EDM artist have been pouring out over social media in the hours following his tragic death.
Shortly after news broke last night his ex-girlfriend posted to social media about her loss and our still sore hearts are breaking all over again.
In a post sharing 10 personal photos Emily wrote:
“Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.” Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them. For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend.
Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again. I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts. Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real #ripavicii #avicii @avicii
“Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.” Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them. For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend. Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again. I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts. Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real ? #ripavicii #avicii @avicii
In the following post Emily shared what appears to be a text exchange between the pair.
With the police information leak and Avicii’s representatives saying ‘no further statements will be given’, the world will collectively come to terms with the loss of the massively loved artist on social media.
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Tim Horner is a sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated with a BA Journalism from University College Falmouth before most his colleagues were born. A previous editor of adult mags, he now enjoys bringing the tone down in the viral news sector.