VARIETY - The family of Tim Bergling, the Swedish dance music star known as Avicii, who died on April 20 at age 28, have released a second statement, three days after their first. It is unclear what the message means, although it implies that he took his own life. A rep did not immediately reply to Variety‘s request for clarification, however statement’s original wording in Swedish makes the implication more overt, one Swedish-speaking source says. A police report is expected in the coming days.
Man this is just so incredibly sad. 28 years old.
Here is the statement from the family, but be warned – it’s heartbreaking.
Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions.
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.
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,
In their statement issued Monday, the family said:
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.
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.
The Tim Bergling Family
Anybody that foolishly thinks unimaginable fame and fortune and success and money bring happiness just need to look at Bergling. “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.”
Just a reminder that May is Mental Health Month and that there are countless resources out there if you need someone to talk to but don’t necessarily feel comfortable opening up to family and friends. NYC has “NYC Well” which you can call, text, or even online chat 24/7 and totally confidentially.