Rita Ora pays tribute to her friend Avicii during emotional performance at festival

Rita Ora paid an emotional tribute to her friend and collaborator Avicii following his sudden death last week.

While performing at the King’s Day celebrations in the Netherlands on Friday (April 27), Rita led the crowd in a minute of silence before performing their single ‘Lonely Together’.

Rita was visibly upset as she paid tribute to the DJ, reflecting on the “honour” of working together. “[He] changed my life and he was a really good friend of mine,” she said.

“It’s going to be very hard for me to sing this next song.

“We collaborated on the last song that he released together – can you all please join me in having a minute of silence…because he was one of my dearest friends.”

Avicii – real-name Tim Bergling – was tragically found dead in Muscat, Oman on April 20 at the age of 28.

The popular musician retired from touring two years ago following a period of ill health – something his family alluded to in a recent statement regarding his death.

“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” they said in a statement.

“An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. “When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music.”

There has been a huge outpouring of love for Avicii since his death was announced, including poignant words from fellow superstar DJs Calvin Harris, Skrillex and Martin Garrix.

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

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