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26th Apr 2018

Avicii died by suicide, family confirm

In a statement issued by the DJ’s family, they said that he ‘could not go on any longer’ when he died on 20 April

Oli Dugmore

In a statement issued by the DJ’s family, they said that he ‘could not go on any longer’ when he died on 20 April

The statement, originally written in Swedish, read: “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overachieving 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, Your family.”

A Swedish source speaking to Variety said the pre-translated speech “made the implication [of suicide] more overt.”

Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died aged just 28. The news was announced in a statement from his publicist.

It read:

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.  The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

He was holidaying in Oman with friends and police have ruled out any criminal suspicion in the death.

In 2016 Avicii retired from touring, citing health reasons. In 2014 he had his gallbladder and appendix removed, and also suffered from acute pancreatitis, in part due to alcohol problems.

The Swedish DJ was nominated for a Grammy twice, in 2012 and 2013.

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