Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, passed away in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28-years-old. According to a statement from his publicist Diana Baron: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. 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.”
Avicii was perhaps best known for his hit singles “Levels”, released in 2011, and “Wake Me Up” with Aloe Blacc, which was released in 2013. He released two studio albums — 2013’s “True” and 2015’s “Stories” — before announcing in 2016 that he would be retiring from touring.
In the past, Avicii had suffered from very public health problems, including acute pancreatitis, which was in part due to his excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in an attempt to recover.
“Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way,” he wrote. “It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.”
“I was nervous when I made the announcement,” he says, “mainly that I would look ungrateful. But I’ve gotten so many supportive texts from friends in the industry, other DJs, other artists. The fan response has been incredible. And even the press response has been incredible. So yeah, its been a lot better than I expected.”
“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” he says of his decision to quit touring. “The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
At this time, the cause of death has not been disclosed and it has not been determined if foul play or drugs are suspected. His final Instagram post was on April 4, with a caption reading “It’s always sunny in California.”
Avicii Cause of Death: Apparent Suicide
In a statement released on April 26th, 2018, Avicii’s family released a statement implying that the DJ tragically took his own life. Translated from Swedish, it reads:
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overachieving 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.”
About Tim Bergling, AKA Avicii
Bergling was born on September 8, 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden. He released two studio albums during his career as Avicii: “True” in 2013 and “Stories” in 2015.