DJ Avicii's family release statement in the wake of his death
Last Friday, Avicii tragically died at the age of 28. The Swedish DJ, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was one of the biggest names in dance music. His singles "Levels," "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother" were monster hits, and he toured in arenas all over the world. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman.
Over the years, Avicii struggled with various health problems due to excessive drinking, such as acute pancreatitis. In 2014, he underwent surgery to get his appendix and gall bladder removed. In 2016, he retired from touring. But although he quit performing live, he continued to create music. His 2017 EP "Avicii (01)," was nominated for a Billboard Music Award.
Today Avicii's family released a statement, confirming that the DJ took his own life:
"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,
It is sad to learn that Avicii's death was a suicide, since he was so young, a lot of oeople cared cared about him and he was still passionate about creating music. Last year, he posted this message to this fans, explaining that although he was done performing live, he was still hitting the studio, ready for "the next stage:"
"WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.
For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.
Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.
The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.
Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do."
Fellow DJs Calvin Harris and deadmau5 mourned the 28-year-old star on Twitter. TMZ reported that in Avicii's final days, he interacted with fans at a luxury resort in Muscat. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. If you have thoughts about taking your own life, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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