It has been confirmed that the icon of Swedish EDM,Tim Berling AKA Avicii, known for his 9 UK top 10 singles, and two Grammy Nominations, took his own life suddenly in Oman on Friday, April 20th. CNN has reported that two postmortems have been carried out in regard to his sudden passing and the police have confirmed that there is no criminal suspicion in the death.
In fact it was only today that the real cause of the DJ’s death was released with the DJ’s family releasing a pained statement –
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,
Avicii’s choice to retire from touring reveals that as is the case with most young celebrities, Berling’s hectic schedule was taking a toll on his mental and physical health.
“There was never an end to the shows,” he said. “ I didn’t have time to give myself to properly stop, what I should have done was stop. Recover from the pain medicine and the illnesses, all the years of touring and the stress. But I kept going.”
From 2011, to 2014, Avicii was hospitalised numerous times and was even forced to cancel a string of shows in 2014, due to health concerns, primarily stemming from acute pancreatitis commonly caused due to high levels of alcohol intake, which Avicii reveals he fell into, mainly as a crutch to deal with the anxiety and lack of self-confidence.
Forced to take on over 800 shows in under 4 years, it is unsurprising that as documented in True Stories, Avicii was essentially filled up with a cocktail of drugs and pushed out into the arena again, just for that extra buck. And then, tragedy struck.
Once the news leaked the shock rippled through the industry Avicii, was gone –
At a loss for words…Rest easy brother 😪 @Avicii
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) April 20, 2018
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii’s family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
Rest easy Avicii, you inspired so many of us. Wish I could have said that to you in person x
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) April 20, 2018
devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too young. the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art. sending all my love to his friends and family. Xxdr
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) April 20, 2018
Avicii contributed incredible art to this world. devastated to hear about this. Rest In Peace. X
— Sabrina Carpenter (@SabrinaAnnLynn) April 20, 2018
Damn Dude RIP #Avicii 🙏🏽
— DJ Pauly D (@DJPaulyD) April 20, 2018
Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 20, 2018
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away….💔
Thoughts go out to his family and friends…
— Zedd (@Zedd) April 20, 2018
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) April 20, 2018
Dozens of tributes, and four days later the truth is yet to sink in for many fan and well-wishers – for now, only one thing is certain, Tim Berling will never be forgotten.