Avicii's death has reportedly been confirmed as a suicide, according to TMZ, citing sources familiar with the circumstances of his death. The musician, who died on April 20, was 28 years old and had struggled with substance abuse.
This seems to confirm inferences made from an earlier statement released by his family after his death that detailed his state of mind. The statement, below, refers to the DJ by his real name Tim Bergling.
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,
His ex-girlfriend Emily Goldberg took to Instagram after his passing, writing in a caption that "For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend."
Avicii retired from live performance in 2016, citing health issues that were reportedly alcohol-related—the musician had suffered from pancreatitis. Throughout his career, Avicii was nominated for two Grammys for "Levels" and "Sunshine" and was planning to release more music this year.
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