Avicii's music 'will live forever'

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Avicii's music 'will live forever'

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Artists have been paying tribute to Avicii, who has died suddenly in Oman.

It's not yet known how the Swedish DJ died, but two years ago he announced his retirement after suffering from health problems.

Rita Ora, who he recently collaborated with on the track Lonely Together, tweeted that she had "no words" after hearing the news.

Diplo posted that Avicii's music will "live forever", writing that he "set the precedent" for other producers.

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Media captionThe DJ will be remembered for club hits like Levels, Wake Me Up and Hey Brother

Radio 1 presenter Annie Mac began her Friday evening show paying tribute to Avicii, saying it's a "massive loss for dance music" and that it was "absolutely devastating news".

It's known that the 28-year-old has been suffering from pancreatitis, reportedly caused by heavy drinking.

He once said in an interview: "Drinking became routine for me, but it's impossible to keep up touring and drinking at the same time, because you are going to crash."

The electronic dance music (EDM) star reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) a night on tour.

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Image caption One of the last pictures of Avicii (centre), at a tourist resort near Muscat

It was after Avicii's, real name Tim Bergling, 2011 hit Levels that he achieved worldwide acclaim.

During his career he notched up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour, as nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones.

American musician Skrillex remixed that song and posted online that he was "a genius and an innovator, yet sensitive and humble".

Other artists posting messages online include Martin Garrix, Liam Payne, Madonna, Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris.

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