Glasgow-born avant-pop producer SOPHIE died this morning in an accident in Athens, Greece.
During her career, she released critically acclaimed music on the PC Music label and worked with Madonna, Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Let’s Eat Grandma and more.
SOPHIE’s debut album, Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, was released in 2018 by her own label, MSMSMSM. The full-length contained her breakthrough song, “It’s Okay To Cry,” and earned her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album. The year prior, she came out as transgender and began performing live.
SOPHIE’s team released the following 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. 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.”
Sophie was a stellar producer, a visionary, a reference. She rebelled against the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman. I can’t believe she is gone. We need to honor and respect her memory and legacy. Cherish the pioneers. pic.twitter.com/3kyRl1KabY
— Chris (@QueensChristine) January 30, 2021
RIP Sophie 💔
heartbroken by the sad news.
I loved you & your music.
Sending love to her close friends and family.
— Boys Noize (@boysnoize) January 30, 2021
— Transgressive (@transgressiveHQ) January 30, 2021
a star of our generation 💔 pic.twitter.com/hAQOmgRMVR
— FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) January 30, 2021
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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7qr4aI0DDi
— samsmith (@samsmith) January 30, 2021
— JIMMY (@JIMMYEDGAR) January 30, 2021
Thank you SOPHIE 🖤
truly wild beautiful minds like this don’t come around very often and when they’re gone it leaves a big big hole https://t.co/aJYeGL9xxe
— JAGJAGUWAR (@jagjaguwar) January 30, 2021