The heartbroken family of Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, have revealed the struggles he was enduring in the lead up to his death that shocked fans around the world.
The Grammy-nominated electronic dance performer was found dead last week in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28.
In a statement released Thursday (local time), his family said “he could not go on any longer”.
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” the statement read.
“An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.
Bergling retired from touring in 2016. His family said he stopped because “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,” the statement added.
He is survived by his parents, Klas Bergling and Anki Liden, his sister Linda and his brothers Anton and David.
In the past he had suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.
After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he cancelled a series of shows in attempt to recover.
After he stopped gigging altogether in 2016, the Swedish performer continued to produced albums and songs.
“Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed,” the statement read.
“The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.”
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