SOPHIE has died aged 34

Sophie © Renata Raksha
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The groundbreaking artist has passed away.

SOPHIE has died. The artist was 34. A statement from SOPHIE’s team reads:

“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. 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 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.”

Transgressive and Future Classic have provided the statement: “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. She will always be here with us. The family thank everyone for their love and support and request privacy at this devastating time.”

Berlin label PAN shared the news this morning (30 January), saying: “Rest in power you incredible human”.

Collaborator and installation artist Ciaran Moore also posted the news online, captioned with: “BFF, a superstar, a genius mind to work with. I love you Sophie”.


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Since, figures such as Munroe Bergdorf and Christine and the Queens have shared their tributes to SOPHIE online. Read below.


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The pioneering artist was known as a visionary whose glossy electronics changed the narrative of pop music. Over the course of her career, she collaborated with the likes of Charli XCX, Madonna and Vince Staples.

SOPHIE’s debut single, Nothing More to Say, was released in 2013 via Huntley + Palmers. Its follow-up, BIPP, released that same year, became a critical success and at Crack Magazine, we named it our top track of the 2010s.

Back then, not much was known about SOPHIE, who was closely affiliated with the PC Music collective. In 2014, the producer teamed up with A. G. Cook and Hayden Frances Dunham to launch the project QT. The collaboration was marked by the track Hey QT, which marketed the group’s semi-fictitious “energy elixir”. SOPHIE’s tracks later went on to appear in commercials; When I Rule the World was used in a Samsung Galaxy advert and, famously, Lemonade was licensed to McDonalds.

It was with 2017’s It’s Okay to Cry video that SOPHIE was presented publicly for the first time. The track was the lead single from SOPHIE’s debut album, Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-insides

Last year, SOPHIE debuted new music and visuals, along with a string of remixes.