Avicii's Family Release Heartbreaking Statement Following His Death

A statement from the family of Avicii - who was found dead in Oman at age of 28 last weekend, and whose real name was Tim Bergling - appears to imply that the artist's death was suicide.

The statement said: "Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. 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."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

According to a Swedish source speaking to Variety, the pre-translated statement 'made the implication [of suicide] more overt'.

Avicii has in the past opened up about struggling with mental health issues, including anxiety and alcohol, and at 21 was also diagnosed with acute pancreatitis - thanks in part to excessive drinking. He was also hospitalised in 2014, and had to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

A clip from a recent Avicii documentary has revealed that the musician believed he was 'going to die' if he did not stop performing, as he was heard warning his management that his hectic touring schedule would eventually kill him.

"I have said, like, I'm going to die. I have said it so many times," he said.

"And so I don't want to hear that I should entertain the thought of doing another gig."

Since the news of his death broke, people have been paying homage to the star in a number of poignant ways.

One church in Utrecht even paid tribute by playing three of his songs on the bells, ringing out the hits from what is the tallest church tower in the country.

Many of his songs also took over the Spotify charts, with 10 of his songs quickly enteringthe global top 50.

Fans and fellow musicians and DJs have also taken to Twitter with moving tributes:

Avicii's family also released an earlier statement thanking everyone for all of the 'initiatives taken to honour' the late DJ.

It said: "We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim's music and have precious memories of his songs.

"Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music ... and moments of silence around the world.

They added: "We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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