Scottish musician, record producer, singer, songwriter and DJ SOPHIE has sadly passed away.
An official statement from SOPHIE’s team say that she died after a sudden accident.
“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,” the statement said.
“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 (@transgressiveHQ) January 30, 2021
Friend and fellow musician Christine and the Queens posted a heart-felt tribute on Saturday night.
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
An outpouring of tributes have been posted on Twitter since, with many saying they were personally touched by her music and creativity as an artist.
Just hearing about the death of SOPHIE, a fearless artist who created one the most exciting records of the last few years. What a gut punch pic.twitter.com/ENJoRaLuC6
— Oliver Kemp (@deepcutstweets) January 30, 2021
was lucky enough to share a stage w sophie twice in my lifetime, & even beyond her music, her energy, such a kind person, a joy to watch perform. i always think of her playing at the moma w bubbles floating thru the air anytime i listen to her music lol. i don’t wanna believe it
— BIGMUTHA ???? (@bbymutha) January 30, 2021
im not going to pretend that i was a superfan of sophie – i only listened to her album and a few singles – but her influence on pop today as both a singer and producer honestly cannot be understated. she was a total visionary and creative icon and her impact will live on ???? pic.twitter.com/ORtlFT3k1j
— róisín (@hexlesbian) January 30, 2021
Rest Easy SOPHIE ???????? one of a kind, loved by and inspired so many people
— sarah lugor!! (@sarahlugor) January 30, 2021
Asa trans woman, SOPHIE not only made incredible music but inspired others to embrace who they are.
to produce for madonna, kanye west, vince staples, charli xcx, flume, kim petras, cashmere cat, camila cabello, lil yachty, lady gaga, and STILL be so underground is unheard of. sophie was and is a trans icon.
— noah (@thousandhauses) January 30, 2021
Sophie is one of the trans icons that helped me discover my transness i will forever be thankful for her. Also one of the most influential musicians of our lifetime tht has opened so many doors for so many trans & queer ppl. Im so devastated this is a lot for me to take in. rip???? pic.twitter.com/Qz2vfsJYHr
— ☆ (@222mutant) January 30, 2021
SOPHIE’s debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album. SOPHIE has also produced for a bunch of artists like Charli XCX, Flume, Vince Staples, Madonna and Lady Gaga.
At the beginning of SOPHIE’s career she tried to conceal her identity. At one Boiler Room set she was rumoured to be disguised as a security guard, while drag queen Ben Woozy pretended to be her.