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Deadmau5 breaks silence on rival Aviciis death: Im very proud of him

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Deadmau5 breaks silence on rival Avicii's death: 'I'm very proud of him'
Deadmau5 has spoken out after Aviciis tragic death (Pictures: Getty/Rex)

Deadmau5 has spoken out after it was confirmed that Swedish DJ Avicii has died.

The EDM icon, real name Tim Bergling, has passed away aged just 28, it was confirmed by his agent.

In the wake of his sudden death, musicians and colleagues including Calvin Harris, Due Lipa and Nile Rodgers took to Twitter to pay tribute.

And among those sharing their sadness at his death was his former rival Deadmau5.

The DJ, real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, had a long-running rivalry with Avicii, with the pair often exchanging insults on social media.

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 im very proud of him.

— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018

I would have enjoyed nothing more than ripping into Avicii well into and beyond our 60's. taken away from us far too young. I know he's at peace somewhere up there getting the last laugh that i spelled his name right this time. https://t.co/uAmdPsouSz

— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018

Deadmau5 used to troll the Levels DJ by repeatedly spelling his name wrong on Twitter while mocking his music.

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However, the 37-year-old has expressed how proud he is of Avicii.

He tweeted: 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 im very proud of him.

I would have enjoyed nothing more than ripping into Avicii well into and beyond our 60s. taken away from us far too young. I know hes at peace somewhere up there getting the last laugh that i spelled his name right this time. [sic].

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When somebody replied saying not so funny now, is it, Deadmau5 responded: Sure it is. even more so now that i can reflect on the many lols, banter and music and that the man provided all of us in more than one way. Thats a life worth living.

File photo dated 06/06/15 of Avicii performing during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. The Swedish DJ has died in Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28, his publicist has confirmed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 20, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ Avicii. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Avicii died in Oman aged just 28 (Picture: PA)

Avicii and Deadmau5 – two the biggest and most recognisable DJs on the electronic music circuit – often got involved in spats on social media, with Deadmau5 accusing the Swedish musician of playing CDs during sets.

In 2015, their feud reached fever pitch, with Avicii writing on Instagram: Hey Mau5! I get your frustration, I struggle daily in an attempt to push the envelope musically and strive with my team to bring more innovative and creative elements to everything Im doing, both in the studio and for live stuff…

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Id welcome your technical input and Id gladly help you learn the piano and all the melodic musical stuff… Come over to Ibiza and join me, Id love for you to sample some of my creative juices… Its tasty stuff… Really.. Stop all the hate brother.. If you need a friend, Im here for you!! PS: You know whats more annoying than “EDM”? People moaning about EDM [sic].

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Deadmau5 fired back with a string of insults, saying Avicii looks like hes high on crack and repeatedly spelling his name wrong.

However, they seemed to sort of patch things up after this, with Deadmau5 tweeting: OK. Me and @Avicii are best friends now. (for real).

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