Update: In a statement released by Avicii’s family, it was implied that the electronic dance-music artist committed suicide.
The statement reads:
“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.We love you, Your family.”
Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance music DJ from Sweden, died today at the age of 28. He was hugely successful and performed all around the world. Born as Tim Bergling, with the adopted a stage name Avicii, he was found dead on Friday afternoon in Muscat, Oman.
His representative spoke to ABC News, “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. 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.”
Not only did he produce super well-known hits such as “Wake Me Up,” “Hey Brother” and “Levels,” but also he worked and remixed for artists like Madonna, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz and David Guetta.
It has been reported in the past few years that Avicii has had some health issues. Supposedly, “he suffered from acute pancreatitis, and in 2014, he had his appendix and gallbladder removed,” reports ABC News. Then, a couple of years later, in 2016, despite retiring from live performances, Avicii promised his fans he would come back to work.
“The end of life never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense –- the studio,” he wrote. “The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”