“He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He wanted to find peace.”
Swedish DJ-producer Tim Bergling, more commonly known as Avicii, has died of an apparent suicide, his family confirmed. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman on April 20 at the age of 28.
Bergling’s family shared a statement about his death, saying, “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” the DJ’s family said. “An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.”
Avicii was at the forefront of the EDM movement when it began to dominate pop culture in the early 2010s. Tracks like “Levels” became big, with the song topping the charts in various countries. In 2013, he was loved for his collaboration with soul singer Aloe Blacc for “Wake Me Up” which is a blend of both EDM and country.
Bergling worked hard on his own music as he collaborated with multiple artists such as Coldplay, Madonna, Robyn, Major Lazer and Daft Punk.
The DJ stopped touring in 2016, with his family stating that his decision was due to a desire “to find a balance in life, to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music.”
“I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist,” Bergling wrote during the time. “It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.”
“We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs,” his family wrote in a statement earlier this week.
“Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.”
Statement From Avicii’s Family:
Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions.
An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled 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.