Musician/producer SOPHIE has died at the age of 34.
In a statement released to media by her team, it confirmed that SOPHIE "passed away this morning around 4am in Athens, where the artist had been living, following a sudden accident. At this time respect and privacy for the family is our priority. We would also ask for respect for her fanbase, and to treat the private nature of this news with sensitivity."
Sophie Xeon was best known for hit singles 'Bipp' and 'Lemonade', the latter being used in an advertising campaign for McDonald's. As well as producing and performing original work, SOPHIE was also a prolific producer, having worked with the likes of Madonna, Charli XCX, Flume, and Vince Staples.
Devastating. She was one of these people who could have changed the world with her creative vision. In fact she did. Going to shed a tear listening to her album today. Rest in Power Sophie. https://t.co/HOY9uKoYNp
— Michail / Opium Hum 🏳️🌈🥲Ⓥ (@opiumhum) January 30, 2021
It’s okay to cry. RIP SOPHIE. 💔 pic.twitter.com/Ma6AuzOtY2
— primavera_sound (@Primavera_Sound) January 30, 2021
rest in peace SOPHIE. what a fucking trailblazer, thank you for filling 8 years of my life with joy and inspiration through your music pic.twitter.com/ho3WShT5wC
— salute (@saluteAUT) January 30, 2021
Tributes have poured in on Twitter, with contemporaries such as Christine and the Queens and fellow DJs sharing their thoughts and memories of the producer. French synthpop artist Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier, better known as Chris from Christine and the Queens, described SOPHIE as "a stellar producer, a visionary, a reference."
"She rebelled against the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman. I can’t believe she is gone. We need to honor and respect her memory and legacy. Cherish the pioneers."