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Rita Ora breaks down during emotional Avicii tribute

The news of Avicii‘s untimely death, which has recently been called a suicide by TMZ and Rolling Stone, continues to quiver the global music community. Tim Bergling’s manager, Neil Jacobson, recently spoke on plans for his unreleased music amidst his family’s second released statement alluding to a possible suicide.

Fresh off a sparkling Coachella performance, British singer/actress Rita Ora has now paid tribute to the Swedish-born DJ, where she was seen on camera in a heartbreaking display. The 27-year-old artist choked up on stage before performing their track, “Lonely Together,” for the King’s Day celebration in The Netherlands, addressing her audience,

“It’s gonna be hard for me to sing this next song and I’ll tell you why. I had the honour of collaborating with someone who changed my life and he was a really good friend of mine. I heard some DJs playing some of his music earlier, and I haven’t sang his song that we did together ever since he passed away, until today…I’m obviously talking about the incredible Avicii. We collaborated on the last song that he released together, and so it’s going to be very tough for me to sing this next one. One of my dearest friends and I would really appreciate that.”

Given the revealing nature of the song’s lyrics, the video captures an especially authentic and wounded performance by a close friend.

Photo credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Coachella

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