Did Avicii Commit Suicide? New Statement From Family Says 'He Could Not Go On Anymore'

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He was just 28 years old.

Did Avicii commit suicide? The death of beloved Swedish musician shook the music industry and fans were mourning the loss of the beloved "Levels" singer. Details about his death on April 20th in Muscat, Oman were unclear at first. But the family of Avicii AKA Tim Berling has since released a statement hinting that the DJ's death was a suicide. 

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The full statement read:

"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, Your family."

In their statement issued Monday, Avicii's family continued:

"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.
With love, The Tim Bergling Family."

Avicii was a talented artist who paved the way for modern EDM. He collaborated with musicians like Aloe Blacc, Coldplay, Madonna, Robyn, Major Lazer and Daft Punk. His hits have topped the charts and his crossover with other genres put the DJ on the map. He was reported to be the third highest-paid DJ earning $28 million according to Forbes highest paid DJ list in 2014. 

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Here are other details about Avicii's death we know so far:

1. He took a break from touring in 2016. 


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He stopped touring in the middle of his booming career saying it was for health reasons. His family said the decision was prompted by a desire "to find a balance in life, to be happy and be able to do what he loved most — music." 

Avicii also made a statement at the time saying, "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist." This came after he made a cross-country road trip with friends in the U.S. The trip had an impact on him. "It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while," he wrote.

2. His had pancreatitis — but continued to drink.


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In 2014, Avicii was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis partially due to excessive drinking. He had his appendix and gallbladder removed in 2014. After the diagnosis, Avicii said he was going to cut down on drinking but his friends said he had been drinking after the surgery and would beat himself up for it. 

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3. Avicii's brother went to Oman to investigate his death. 


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Just hours after news of his death, Avicii's older brother David Bergling checked into the a hotel near the resort that his brother was staying at during the time of his death. David went to see what his brother and friends were doing during the hours that led up to his death. 

4. Avicii seemed to struggle in the last months he was performing.


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There have been reports Avicii was desperately trying to stop performing long before he finally quit in 2016. Avicii's manager Arash Pournouri spoke about his disdain for the DJ's decision not to tour.

“He doesn’t understand the value of money.” Pournouri said. “Or that his decisions can have very negative consequences for other people. The only reason people even care is because he is successful right now. If he stopped being successful, a lot of people would jump ship. I’m sure of it.”

Avicii tried to cancel ten shows in Las Vegas, Japan and a few other major cities. His schedule was rigorous; he only had a few weeks off at a time. 

5. He was open about his struggle with anxiety. 


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Avicii talked about the struggle to mentally perform after his physical health declined.

“It felt like I was constantly in a haze,” he said “[I didn’t] know how long it was going to be like that for … and the doctors didn’t know either. I was on all these kind of medications. And they were saying ‘oh this is fine, this is not addictive.’ I was taking all these pills that weren’t meant to be addictive…and they made me feel more anxious. This kept going, and I started touring again.”

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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.