The avant-pop artist and producer, Sophie passed away recently at the age of 34 because of a sudden accident.
The musician passed away in Athens, where she was staying in an apartment and it was reported that she slipped and fell from the balcony. There were no suspects involved in her death.
Her record label, Transgressive, released a statement to confirm her passing, explaining that she had climbed on top of the balcony to gaze at the full moon when the accident occurred. They continued to thank everyone for their support and asked for privacy.
Her management praised her in a statement, describing her as one of the most influential musicians who will be known for her creativity and message of liberation in her art.
10 years ago, Sophie began producing her music as a DJ and became a part of the pop music collective, PC Music. Her first debut single was released in 2013, Nothing More to Say and in 2015, she released a compilation album called Product.
The Scottish artist was born in Glasgow and was an iconic figure for the transgender community. She revealed her gender identity in her music video It’s Okay To Cry in 2017. In an interview with Paper Magazine, she discussed her identity saying that being transgender meant aligning your body, soul, and spirit.
Her first studio album was released in 2018 called Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, which was praised for being one of the best-reviewed albums of that year across all genres. It also won a nomination for the Grammys for best dance/electronic album.
Several pop icons also collaborated with her because of her experimental style of pop music. She worked on Madonna’s 2015 hit single Bitch I’m Madonna. She frequently worked with Charli XCX, first on her EP Vroom Vroom, and then went on to work on songs from two of her mixtape. She also collaborated with Kim Petras, Vince Staples, Let’s Eat Grandma, among many others.
Chris from Christine and the Queens also spoke on her death, describing her as a visionary. She said that Sophie was a rebel and fought against society’s narrow mindset. She ended by requesting everyone to honor her memory.
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
Sam Smith, Peaches, and Jack Antonoff also expressed their condolences on Twitter and praised her for being a savior of pop. All artists agreed that she should be remembered for her powerful presence, her genius concepts, and her influence on modern music.