Avicii death: 'Devastated' musicians share tributes for Swedish DJ after he is found dead in Oman, aged 28

Chloe Chaplain

Musicians around the world have shared their devastation after Swedish DJ Avicii was found dead in Oman at the age of 28.

The electronic dance music producer, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat on Friday afternoon.

In a statement his publicist confirmed the death with "profound sorrow".

"The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time," he said.

Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and singer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii', has died (AFP/Getty Images)

His death comes days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album.

Chic star Nile Rodgers was among those who paid tribute to the musical star, posting a message on Twitter about the DJ who he described as his "little bro".

Rodgers, a friend and collaborator of Avicii's, said: "I was just told my dear friend Tim @avicii just passed away. Please let this be a hoax. If not £RIPAVICII one of the best natural melody.

"Dear Tim your family have my most heartfelt condolences. You were my little bro. Love always.

"I'm crying on the airplane. I hope I don't make the passengers nervous."

​Scottish DJ Calvin Harris was another to share a tribute message, calling his fellow musician a "beautiful soul".

Harris tweeted: "Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x."

Singer Dua Lipa wrote: "Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x."

Liam Payne tweeted: "Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii. Very very sad news way to young ... what a talent he was. rest in peace x."

Avicii performing at Capital FM's Summertime Ball in Wembley (PA)

Rita Ora, who collaborated with Avicii on his final track, Lonely Together, wrote on Twitter: "I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking.

"Condolences to Avicii's family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I'm devastated. Heartbroken."

Avicii, who boasted two UK number ones, retired from touring in 2016, citing health reasons.

He has battled acute pancreatitis in the past and had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

In a note announcing his retirement in 2016 he said: "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.

"I will however never let go of music - I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I've decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows."

He released his debut studio album, True, in 2013 and followed it up with Stories in 2015.​