A week after Avicii’s death at just 28, his heartbroken family have issued a statement.
It’s not explicit in confirming how the DJ and music producer died, but it implies Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, took his own life after struggling with depression.
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” the statement read.
“An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most—music.”
“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer,” it continued. “He wanted to find peace.”
“Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.”
“Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you, Your family.”
The Levels and Wake Me Up artist, who revolutionised the electronic music scene and became one of the most popular EDM artists in the world, is survived by his mother, father, two brothers and a sister.
He was found dead in Oman last week. He had been on vacation with friends.
Avicii had been open about health struggles, partially stemming from alcohol abuse. He retired from touring in 2016 to focus on his health and working in the studio.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he explained:
“The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me.
“All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general.
“It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”