Visionary producer and trans icon SOPHIE has passed away. The Scottish DJ reportedly died following a sudden accident in Athens this morning (January 30).
Her team confirmed the news with a statement; “It is with profound sadness that I have to inform you that musician and producer SOPHIE passed away this morning around 4am in Athens, where the artist had been living, following a sudden accident.”
“SOPHIE was a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade. Not only for ingenious production and creativity but also for the message and visibility that was achieved. An icon of liberation.”
The 34-year-old, Grammy-nominated artist, also known as Sophie Xeon, was one of the most important figures working in electronic pop music today. Her hyperkinetic take on pop music and won legions of fans around the world.
She was the first openly trans artist to be nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the Grammys. She co-wrote Madonna’s 2015 single “Bitch I’m Madonna” and collaborated with Vince Staples, indie duo Let’s Eat Grandma, pop singers Charli XCX and Kim Petras, and more.
In 2019, an extended version of her “It’s OK to Cry” video served as the monumental backdrop of Louis Vuitton‘s spring/summer 2020 runway show.