Sophie Xeon, Grammy-nominated musician, dies in 'terrible accident'

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
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Grammy-nominated Scottish pop producer Sophie Xeon has died following a “terrible accident” in Athens.

The Trans icon, who worked with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX, was 34.

Sophie Xeon
Sophie Xeon has died following a “sudden accident”. Photo: Twitter

UK label Transgressive said in a statement the musician died in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“Tragically, our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident,” the label said.

“True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell.”

In a further tribute to the star the label said: “Sophie was a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade.

“She will always be here with us.

“The family thank everyone for their love and support and request privacy at this devastating time.”

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

Sophie, who was born in Glasgow, began releasing music in 2013 and worked with Vince Staples as well as Charli XCX and Madonna, who had Sophie co-produce the 2015 single ‘Bitch, I'm Madonna’.

Her 2018 debut album Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides received a Grammy nomination for best dance/electronic album and was one of the year's best-reviewed releases.

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Sophie was also known as a transgender icon, after affirming their identity in the 2017 video for ‘It's Okay To Cry’.

Tributes have poured in from across the music and LGBT communities for an artist widely considered one of the most pioneering in the music industry.

PStylist of Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquiere and singer of the show Sophie Xeon
Sophie performed at the Louis Vuitton Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 in 2019. Photo: Getty

French singer Héloïse Letissier, known as Christine and the Queens, described Sophie as a “stellar producer, a visionary, a reference” who rebelled against “the narrow, normative society by being an absolute triumph, both as an artist and as a woman”.

"We need to honour and respect her memory and legacy. Cherish the pioneers,” she added.

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

London-based Japanese singer Rina Sawayama echoed those sentiments, calling Sophie an "icon". "The world and our community has lost a beautiful soul," she tweeted.

While guitar hero Nile Rodgers said she was an "innovative", "dynamic", and "warm" person.

Additional reporting by AAP.

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