How did Sophie die? Trans pop star and producer remembered as 'visionary', fans 'can’t believe she is gone'

The news of Sophie's death, who is a transwoman pop singer and producer, has been announced by recording label PAN and fans are a wreck


                            How did Sophie die? Trans pop star and producer remembered as 'visionary', fans 'can’t believe she is gone'
Sophie (YouTube screenshot)

The world of pop music just lost an iconic star with the demise of Sophie. Fans of pop singer and producer Sophie, who is also a transwoman, were in a state of panic following an announcement made by the recording label PAN. The label announced that the singer had died and wrote a condolence message: "Rest in Power you incredible human." Since then fans were left worried as there was no official confirmation regarding the artiste's death. In fact, fans were slamming the record label for jumping the gun and even accused PAN of wanting to cash in on the buzz surrounding the singer.

A still of Sophie in 'It's Okay to Cry' (YouTube screenshot)

Sophie is a well-known name behind the scenes of popular acts such as Charli XCX, Vince Staples and even Madonna. Recently, she had released a single titled 'It’s Okay to Cry'. The Grammy-nominated Scottish musician was born in Glasgow and released debut single 'Nothing More to Say' in 2013. In 2018, she released debut album 'Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides', which was nominated for a Grammy for best dance/electronic album.

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One follower responded, "You shouldn’t have posted this until we’ve had official confirmation from SOPHIE’s representatives :( this comes across like you just wanted to be the first label to talk about it. which feels very disingenuous." Another follower wrote, "If you don't have 100% confirmation please delete this. There's no competition to be the first to announce someone's death and you could very well be inciting panic." Another follower wrote that a friend of Sophie's had confirmed the same on social media with a long post and said, "Her really close friend posted a big post about it 10 mins ago."



 



 



 

After hours of speculation from fans, Sophie's team in an official confirmation to mixmag said that the 34-year-old star died following a sudden accident in Athens. The statement read, "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."

In a statement from Sophie's British agency, it was revealed that the musician died while trying to see the first full moon of the year 2021. The statement read that Sophie "climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell". It also added that the moment was "true to her spirituality".

 



 

Sophie's ex-girlfriend Tzef Montana also posted a black panel on Instagram indicating that not everything was okay. However, she hadn't written anything, leading fans to ask if Sophie was okay in the comments section. The two of them were hailed as the future of Queer Love by Vogue in 2019.



 

Following the post from the record label, many of Sophie's colleagues also posted condolence messages. Chris wrote, "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." However, Chris deleted the tweet right after. 

A still of Sophie from her single 'It's Okay to Cry'. (YouTube screenshot)

Denai Moore, another musician also posted a message and said, "wow i can't believe @SOPHIEMSMSMSM is gone!! such a groundbreaking artist that was ahead of her time. her use of textures & bold production always amazed me, her impact on music is felt and will live on! Rest In Peace." One fan said, "SOPHIE was a catalyst for experimental pop, her creativity was absolutely insane and thats why I fell in love with her. A true icon. That's why I'm devastated to hear the news that she passed away. Rest in peace, may her sound live forever."

Another fan wrote, "RIP to one of the most game changing musicians of our time. I honestly can’t believe Sophie is gone. Thank you for consistently challenging the boundaries of pop music - her songs have definitely left their mark on the world, you were such an inspiration."



 



 



 

In an interview with Paper after the release of her single, Sophie had spoken about being a transwoman and said it was, "An embrace of the essential idea of transness changes everything because it means there's no longer an expectation based on the body you were born into, or how your life should play out and how it should end. Traditional family models and structures of control disappear."

She had also said transness to her was "taking control to bring your body more in line with your soul and spirit so the two aren't fighting against each other and struggling to survive. On this earth, it's that you can get closer to how you feel your true essence is without the societal pressures of having to fulfill certain traditional roles based on gender. It means you're not a mother or a father — you're an individual who's looking at the world and feeling the world. And it's somehow more human and universal, I feel."

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