The family of Tim Bergling, the Swedish dance music star known as Avicii, who died on April 20 at the age of 28, released a second statement, three days after the first. It is unclear what the message means, although it implies that he took his own life. A representative did not immediately respond to Variety requested clarification, however, the original wording of the statement in Swedish makes the implication more open, says a Swedish-speaking source. A police report is expected in the coming days. The message reads:
Stockholm, April 26, 2018
Our dear Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul who was looking for answers to existential questions.
An accomplished 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 liked best: music.
He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness.
He could not continue anymore.
I wanted to find peace.
Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself inside; He was a sensitive guy who loved his fans, but he avoided the spotlight.
Tim, you will always be loved and sadly missed.
The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you,
In their statement issued on Monday, the family said:
We want to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are very grateful for all those who loved Tim's music and have precious memories of his songs.
Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public meetings, church bells playing his music, tributes in Coachella and moments of silence around the world.
We appreciate the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continue like this.
The Tim Bergling family
Bergling was found dead in his hotel room in Oman, the Middle Eastern country bordering Saudi Arabia. The cause of death has not been announced.
One of the most popular and successful electronic dance music artists of all time: he won No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with "Wake Me Up" and appeared regularly. In the Top 5 of Forbes' "highest paid DJs" lists, he retired from the live performance in 2016 at the pinnacle of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, partly due to excessive alcohol consumption; his gallbladder and appendix were removed in 2014. While saying that he had stopped drinking after surgery, some friends, including musical collaborator Nile Rodgers, said they had seen him drunk afterwards, and that they criticized him for it.
According to reports, sources within the Omani police department have said they have no "criminal suspicion" in Friday's death. Two post-mortem exams have been carried out, with the authorities discarding the dirty game.