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“He could not go on any longer”: Avicii’s family release new statement on the star’s death

The family of Avicii — AKA producer and DJ Tim Bergling — have released a new statement about the star’s death.

“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,” they wrote in the statement issued today. “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.”

Bergling was found dead in his hotel room in Oman on Friday. He was 28. While an official cause of death has not been revealed, today’s statement suggests that Bergling took his own life.

Avicii began releasing music in 2008, and his career soared to headliner level in 2011 with the success of his ubiquitous hit ‘Levels’. He hit mainstream superstardom with the release of the single ‘Wake Me Up’ and album True in 2013.

Over the years he spoke at length about his struggles with the mental and physical pressure of DJing, telling inthemix in 2013 that his constant drinking and partying had landed him in hospital back in 2012.

He officially retired from touring in March 2016, after cancelling a string of shows in 2013 and 2014 due health issues surrounding acute pancreatitis — in part brought on by excessive drinking. His struggle to keep up with his excessive touring schedule — which at one point hit nearly 320 shows per year — was captured in the 2017 documentary Avicii: True Stories.

Read the statement from Tim Berling’s family in full below.

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,

Your family

If you need support, both Lifeline on 13 11 14 and the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 offer 24-hour assistance. For further information about youth mental health, both headspace and Reach Out can provide  guidance. You can also talk to a medical professional or someone you trust.

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