Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ-producer known as Avicii, died of an apparent suicide, according to his family.
They released a statement about the musician, 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,” Bergling’s family said. “An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.”
Bergling had a complicated relationship with his own meteoric success in the music industry.
In 2016, at the height of his fame, he suddenly stopped touring. His family says the decision was because he wanted “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 at the time.
On April 20th, Bergling was found dead in Muscat, Oman. He was 28.
Read the family’s full statement below:
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.