Avicii’s Family Releases New Heartfelt Statement About DJ's Death

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Avicii’s Family Releases New Heartfelt Statement About DJ's Death

By Keri Blakinger 04/30/18

"He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

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Late last week, Avicii's family released a second statement about his death that implies that the EDM musician died by suicide.

The Swedish DJ, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman on April 20, and authorities have kept mum regarding the cause. But his family shed some light on the situation in a vague statement roughly a week later. 

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions," his 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 grieving relatives described the 28-year-old as an “over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress,” and said he was “not made for the business machine he found himself in.”

The family hasn’t released other details about the circumstances surrounding Bergling's death, but the Royal Oman Police told CNN that they’d definitely ruled out foul play after conducting two postmortems. 

As news of his death spread, the music world mourned the loss.

"Something really horrible happened," David Guetta wrote on Facebook. "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."

Despite the musical success and the throngs of club-going 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 booze. 

“I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much,” he said, according to CNN. In 2016, he stopped touring, citing health problems and anxiety.

But despite the break from the road, Avicii was still making music. In the weeks before his death, he’d been writing a crop of new music, and no one who saw him raised the alarm about any warning signs. 

“You could tell he had spent a long time figuring out the puzzle, and he was trying to take charge of his life,” songwriter-producer Joe Janiak says. “He seemed pumped. That’s the shocking thing. He didn’t seem like a guy at the end of his days.” 

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).

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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