SOPHIE, the legendary British producer and musician, has died at age 34.
The Guardian reports that SOPHIE passed away in the early hours of Saturday, January 30, following “a sudden accident.” A statement from the musician’s management added: “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.”
In another statement, SOPHIE’s label, Transgressive, wrote: “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.”
SOPHIE exploded onto the music scene in 2013 with the single “Bipp,” and continued to leave a mark on the industry since then. As noted by NPR, SOPHIE was honored this morning by the label Numbers, with whom the producer worked on that breakout track. “SOPHIE was a true inspiration, the World has lost an icon of liberation,” the label wrote on Twitter. “We are devastated. Our thoughts are with SOPHIE’s family and friends at this time. Rest in peace.”
On social media, fans and musicians alike are remembering SOPHIE by highlighting some of the producer’s most memorable work, including the song and video “It’s Okay to Cry,” which marked the first time the musician’s own voice and likeness was used in a track. While speaking about that video and its meaning to the transgender community, the producer once explained to Teen Vogue: “I don’t really agree with the term ‘coming out’.… I’m just going with what feels honest.” That authenticity is what people are remembering today, sharing stories about SOPHIE’s realness, rawness, and ability to bring out the same in others.
Munroe Bergdorf wrote, “Our community has lost an icon, a pioneer and a visionary bright light. Heartbroken. SOPHIE you will be missed. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I hope we get to meet again one day. Rest in peace sister.” A similar sentiment was expressed by singer-songwriter Christine and the Queens, who described SOPHIE as “stellar producer, a visionary, a reference,” noting that we need to “Cherish the pioneers.”