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“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” Avicii’s family said, according to Rolling Stone. “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
The music world was at a loss when Swedish DJ “Avicii,” born Tim Bergling, was found dead in his hotel room in Oman, the Middle Eastern country bordering Saudi Arabia on April 20, and authorities have kept quiet regarding the cause until now. In a statement last week, his family shed some light on the situation in a vague statement roughly a week after his passing.
“He Wanted To Find Peace”
However just three days later, the 28 year old’s family released an additional statement about his death that implied the musician died by suicide stating that “he could not go on any longer,” and, “he wanted to find peace.”
Recent reports from TMZ have stated that the “Levels” DJ used a glass shard from a broken wine bottle to inflict the fatal wound.
The family additionally noted that “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.”
Despite the musical success and the outpouring of fans, Avicii had long struggled with the spotlight and the hard-partying lifestyle of a star. At 21, he suffered from acute pancreatitis, which he blamed on alcohol.
“I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much,” he said, in an interview with CNN. In 2016, he retired from the touring circuit, blaming health problems and anxiety. However, despite his halt on touring, Avicii was still making music. In the weeks before his death, he’d been writing new music, and no one who saw him raised the alarm about any warning signs.
Tributes Around The Globe
As the music world continues to mourn, the family’s statement noted tributes from “public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella, and moments of silence around the world.” Additionally, friend and producer David Guetta took to Facebook to address his sadness. “Something really horrible happened,” the DJ wrote. “We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician. Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as DJs or just enjoying life as friends.”
Avicii is one of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time which a number 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up,” as well as making onto the Forbes’ top five “Highest-Paid DJ” list. The DJ retired from performing live in 2016 at the peak of his success due to health reasons.
The world continues to mourn for Avicii.
If you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, immediately seek help. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8225).