In a statement, Sophie’s management said the musician had died at around 04:00 on Saturday in the Greek capital, where they had been living.
“Sophie was a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade,” they said.
A further statement from her record label Transgressive, explained how the “terrible accident” had occurred.
“True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and slipped and fell,” they posted online. “She will always be here with us.”
“The family thank everyone for their love and support and request privacy at this devastating time.”
Sophie was also known as a transgender icon, after affirming their identity in the 2017 video for It’s Okay To Cry.
The artist’s management said they would be remembered “not only for ingenious production and creativity but also for the message and visibility that was achieved. An icon of liberation”.
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Sophie Xeon was born and raised in Glasgow, and released debut single Nothing More to Say in 2013. Sophie broke through to a wider audience with another release that year, Bipp, and a subsequent run of acclaimed singles were compiled in 2015 on Product.
2018 saw the release of debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, which was nominated for a Grammy for best dance/electronic album and was one of the year’s best-reviewed releases in any genre. The Guardian wrote: “Sophie has crafted a genuinely original sound and uses it to visit extremes of terror, sadness and pleasure.”
The freshness of the productions, informed by pop and trance but with abrasive industrial flourishes, led Sophie to be courted by Madonna, and to co-write her 2015 single Bitch I’m Madonna. Sophie also collaborated with rapper Vince Staples, indie duo Let’s Eat Grandma, pop singers Charli XCX and Kim Petras, and more.
— Transgressive (@transgressiveHQ) January 30, 2021