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Grammy-Nominated Artist Sophie Has Died At 34 In An Accident

The musician, who was celebrated as an artistic visionary and a trans advocate, died after an accidental fall, Sophie's record labels said.

Last updated on January 30, 2021, at 3:26 p.m. ET

Posted on January 30, 2021, at 12:59 p.m. ET

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Sophie Xeon, a Grammy-nominated pop artist and visionary producer who went by Sophie, died in a "terrible accident" in Athens on Saturday, the artist's music label said. Sophie was 34.

"Tragically our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident. True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell," music labels Transgressive Records and Future Classic said in a statement. "She will always be here with us. The family thank everyone for their love and support and request privacy at this devastating time."

Twitter: @transgressiveHQ

Sophie worked with artists like Madonna, Vince Staples, Charli XCX, and Nicki Minaj. The musician's most notable work with Charli XCX includes her VROOM VROOM EP and the song "After the Afterparty."

In 2018, Sophie released a debut studio album titled Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album that year.

Sophie was born in Glasglow and spent a large portion of their career performing anonymously — often in darkness or in a DJ booth.

In an interview with Paper magazine in 2018, Sophie talked about their debut single and music video for "It's Okay to Cry," and spoke about embracing transness.

"For me, transness is taking control to bring your body more in line with your soul and spirit so the two aren't fighting against each other and struggling to survive," Sophie told the magazine. "On this earth, it's that you can get closer to how you feel your true essence is without the societal pressures of having to fulfill certain traditional roles based on gender."

Artists from across the music industry mourned Sophie's death.

Heartbreaking news. The world has lost an angel. A true visionary and icon of our generation. Your light will continue to inspire so many for generations to come. Thinking of Sophie’s family and friends at this hard time ❤️

Twitter: @samsmith

to me the genius of sophie was how she took this concept of bigger brighter harder shinier, a tool that so many have used cynically, and made it brilliant & challenging. she used something in a brand new way that was being misused for too long. she is a savior of pop for it

Twitter: @jackantonoff

We have just lost our most inspiring friend. SOPHIE was a diamond. We can’t believe this is happening. We love you, see you up there. Yelle & GrandMarnier

Twitter: @yelle

RIP Sophie. Someone who really changed the sound of music. Sound design that felt like sculptures with a perfect mastery of the materials. Character, movement, fun and danger, space. Most of us just try to flesh out ideas, some artists like Sophie have it all figured out. 💔

Twitter: @atrak

Heartbreaking. Rest in power Sophie. Your music will live on and inspire generations to come. I know I will never forget “lemonade” https://t.co/LfiusCty1N https://t.co/V3YebLvMv9

Twitter: @DillonFrancis
Twitter: @FKAtwigs

Rest In Peace to SOPHIE. I found myself so consistently inspired by her and in awe of her production. Heartbroken to hear this

Twitter: @finneas

RIP SOPHIE 💗 u were the sweetest - an icon and a visionary. the world and our community has lost a beautiful soul

Twitter: @rinasawayama

Truly a visionary, truly an icon. Love to SOPHIE

Twitter: @perfumegenius


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