The music industry was rocked by devastating news on Thursday. Fans and fellow musicians alike mourned when they learned that the late Swedish deejay Avicii, who was born Tim Bergling, had committed suicide.
His family released a new statement on Thursday, which strongly implied the star died from suicide, reported People.
In the letter, which was translated from Swedish into English, the musician’s family calls him “a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions” and “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,” continues the statement. “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. We love you, Your family.”
Avicii died while on vacation in Oman on April 20. On Sunday, the Royal Oman Police told CNN they had ruled out any suspicion of foul play.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his rep told People. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”
The DJ stopped touring in early 2016. The 28-year-old suffered from ongoing health problems, including acute pancreatitis, which caused him to have his gallbladder and appendix removed four years ago.
“We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters the most to us,” he wrote on his website. “For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do. Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense — the studio.”
This letter is a follow up to the statement that his family released three days after his death. At the time, they thanked everyone for their support.
“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,” they said.
They continued, “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. With love, The Tim Bergling Family."
Avicii broke out with his smash hits “Levels," “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother.”