Swedish DJ Avicii died on Friday, his publicist confirmed. He was 28 years old—barely older than the members of the notorious “27 club,” a tragic and famous list of rock & roll stars who have died at 27 years old.It was the deaths of monumental rockers Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones in the 1970’s that essentially marked the beginning of this elite macabre group. All four  died within two years of one another; drugs played a role in their deaths.

 Avicii stopped performing in 2016, telling fans he was suffering from health problems. He had acute pancreatitis which was  attributed from  his heavy drinking  and drug use. The DJ’s appendix and gallbladder were removed in 2014 due to extreme swelling.

Clockwise.. Hendrix… Morrison..Joplin.. Jones

Avicii was an extremely popular and highly-paid Swedish-born DJ and music producer who had a net worth of $85 million dollars at the time of his death in 2018. Avicii was born Tim Bergling, in Stockholm in 1989. His big breakthrough in music came when he was just 18 years old. During his career, Avicii could regularly earn as much as $500 thousand per gig. Traveling via private jet he regularly earned $15 – $20 million per year. Pretty amazing when you consider all he brought with his was his computer. Between June 2014 and June 2015 alone, he earned $30 million. We estimate that during his career Avicii grossed approximately $140 million and in March 2014, Avicii purchased a $15.5 million house in the Hollywood Hills.

It was the deaths of rockers Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones in the 1970s that essentially marked the beginning of the term.. The 27 club. All four stars died within two years of one another; drugs played a role in their deaths.

However, it wasn’t until Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994—when fans started to connect his age to Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix and Jones—that the 27 Club became a common symbol of tragic rock and roll fame. Cobain was discovered in his Seattle home with a gunshot wound to the head, but the singer and songwriter’s history of drug abuse was widely known. And lets not forget the amazing Amy Winehouse. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.

Curt Cobain…. Amy Winehouse..

Avicii was the “trailblazer” of the EDM scene!  No one made music that sounded like his…We’ve all witnessed the death of our favorite musical artist… Whether it was Elvis, Lennon, Morrison, Hendrix. Petty…etc.etc.. But this death speaks of a more solemn significance to the millennial generation. “Wake Me Up” is a song that resonates of divine intervention… In many ways it twas’ gospel to many million fans..

During his final American tour Avicii donated all his profits to the non profit organization..  “Feeding America”…The 26 city tour earned over $1 million…. An amazing talent with so much to give..