SOPHIE, Avant-Pop Star & Producer, Dead At 34

By Paris Close

January 30, 2021

SOPHIE, the beloved British producer and avant-garde pop star, has died. She was 34.

Her label, Future Classic & Transgressive, confirmed the devastating news in a statement on Twitter Saturday morning (January 30), revealing the experimental musician died in a fatal falling accident.

"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,” the message reads of SOPHIE's passing.

“She will always be here with us. The family [thanks] everyone for their love and support and request privacy at this devastating time.”

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, SOPHIE burst onto the dance and electronic music scene with her debut single “Nothing More to Say” in 2013. In the years that followed, SOPHIE collaborated as a writer and producer on several projects for many pop stars, including Charli XCX (Vroom Vroom) and Madonna (“Bitch, I’m Madonna”). It was also reported that she’d worked with Lady Gaga on an unreleased collaboration.

SOPHIE made another big break with the video for her 2017 song “It’s Okay to Cry,” in which she used her voice and likeness in her work for the first time. Following its release, SOPHIE confirmed her trans identity in a 2018 interview.

She released her debut studio album, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, in 2018, which garnered her a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album.

In the wake of the tragic news, SOPHIE's admirers have taken to social media to remember her legacy, regarding her as an artist well ahead of her time.

See how Sam Smith, Rina Sawayama and others are reacting to SOPHIE's passing below:

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