Avicii’s family have today (26th April) come forward with a new statement, implying that the EDM star died by suicide.
Last Friday (20th April), news broke that the Swedish DJ/producer had been found dead in his hotel room in Moscat, Oman where he had been on holiday.
Since then, two autopsy reports ruled out any “criminal suspicion” in relation to his tragic death aged 28. Now, his family have made a statement implying that the ‘Wake Me Up’ star – real name Tim Bergling – died by apparent suicide.
The statement reads as follows [translated from Swedish]…
“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.
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,
Earlier this week, Bergling's family released an initial statement thanking the global community of fans for their outpourings of support in the days following the news of his death. On Saturday, thousands of fans gathered in Stockholm’s Sergels Torg plaza in memorial of the EDM star.
DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.
In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email [email protected]. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.