The family of Swedish DJ Tim Bergling—known to fans as electronic music superstar Avicii—has released a statement suggesting that the 28-year-old got to a point in his life where everything seemed meaningless.
Bergling was found dead on April 20 in Muscat, Oman. Police ruled out foul play.
This morning Bergling’s family issued the following:
Stockholm, 26 April 2018
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.
The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.We love you,
Bergling had struggled with drinking in the past, leading to acute pancreatis. After having surgery to remove his appendix and gallbladder in 2014, he eventually retired completely from touring, stating that he needed to focus on his main love, creating music.
That music made him one of the most successful artists in the world, with tracks like “Sunshine” and “Levels” crossing over into the mainstream. That straddling of different worlds also led him to collaborations with the likes of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and alt-metal unit System of a Down.
As is sadly often the case with creative people, success wasn’t enough for Bergling.
Earlier this week his family issued another statement about the DJ. It read:
We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs.
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.
We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way.
The Tim Bergling Family