Music producer and DJ Avicii has been found dead in Oman at the age of 28, his publicist has said.

The Swedish star, whose real name in Tim Bergling, scored two UK number one singles and had collaborated with artists including Madonna and Coldplay.

His publicist Diana Baron said: "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."

Avicii, best known for his singles Wake Me Up and Le7els, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.

He was considered a pioneer of the contemporary electronic dance music and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour.

Image:Avicii performing in San Francisco in 2016

He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations.

His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP Avicii (01).

The DJ had suffered with acute pancreatitis, which was partly blamed on excessive drinking.

After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he cancelled a series of shows in attempt to recover.

He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.

Tributes poured in from the world of music following news of Avicii's death.

DJ Deadmau5 wrote on Twitter: "My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii. Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and I'm very proud of him."

US singer Charlie Puth said: "Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best."

British star Craig David tweeted: "Rest in peace @Avicii My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time."

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Jono Grant from electronic music group Above and Beyond said: "So sorry to hear of the passing of Tim Bergling @Avicii. A super talented writer & producer who lived too short a life."

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