The EDM world received tragic news this year when it was announced that Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, passed away from an apparent suicide on April 20 in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Despite his absence from the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, a few of his colleagues — Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers as well as Halsey — made sure his effect on the genre was still very much felt.
"We'd like to take a moment to talk about our friend Avicii," Alex began, before Andrew stepped in. "His passing was a great loss for the music world, and for us. He was an artist who inspired so many, in so many ways, and simply put, he meant so much to us and the EDM community."
Halsey continued the trio's kind words with a plea for people to keep an eye out for loved ones who might be having their own battle with depression.
"Everyone who worked with him would agree that he was such a joy, which makes this tragedy all the more painful," she said. "It's a reminder to all of us to be there and to support and love all our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental health issues."