Swedish DJ and EDM superstar Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in his hotel room in Muscat, Oman last Friday. He was 28. Although an official cause of death has not yet been revealed, initial police investigations found nothing suspicious. And today, as Reuters reports, his family has shared a new statement that suggests he may have taken his own life.
“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,” they wrote. “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.”
The statement continued, “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.”
Avicii suffered from health issues in recent years, including pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, and in 2016, he announced his retirement from live performances and played his last ever show.
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