Details surrounding the death of international house DJ, Avicii, have been revealed.
The Swedish DJ, whose real name was Tim Bergling and gained international fame for songs such as Hey Brother, The Nights and You Make Me, was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday, April 20. His family have ‘confirmed’ the international DJ took his own life.
Avicii was just 28 years old when the sad news of his death was announced by his representatives.
His family released a statement today saying:
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.
The statement 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,
An official announcement was made after his body was found last Friday, which 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.
In 2016 Avicii announced he would be retiring from live performances, stating the decision was down to health reasons.
According to Variety, he had been suffering from severe health problems including acute pancreatitis, which was alleged to have been caused by excessive drinking.
It is also reported that the star had undergone surgery to have both his gallbladder and appendix removed.
Following his decision to quit touring in 2016, he announced on his website:
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.
Avicii had fans from all over the world and was one of the most popular DJs of all time. His massive hit Wake Me Up with Aloe Blacc is one of his most played songs.
Avicii was also celebrated in the industry, being nominated twice for Grammy awards.
Fans were quick to spot the heartbreaking final tweet from the DJ, addressed to Billboard to thank them for the nomination of his album for best dance/electronic album of the year.
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) April 17, 2018
His friend and fellow DJ Calvin Harris paid tribute to Aviici on Twitter, writing:
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x.
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
Deadmau5 echoed the sentiment, writing:
My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of Avicii.
Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and I’m very proud of him.
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018
Following the news of Avicii’s death, a heartbreaking final picture of the DJ emerged.
According to TMZ, the 28-year-old star interacted with dozens of his fans at a luxury resort in Muscat, Oman during his final days.
The photos were taken within the last six days at the same location where Avicii was reportedly holidaying.
— The Cutting Suite (@TheCuttingSuite) April 20, 2018
Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Avicii at this extremely difficult time.
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