Avicii‘s family is implying that the DJ took his own life last week, saying that he “struggled” and “wanted to find peace.”
In a statement to the Associated Press, the family said, “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.”
The statement was written in Swedish, which is the Avicii’s native language, and we’re told that the original version contained a pretty clear reference to suicide. However, in the translation, the reference to a suicide is a bit ambiguous.
The family said, “He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
Avicii’s family ended their statement writing that he was a sensitive man and not able to grapple everything that comes with his fame.
“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,” they wrote.
Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, died suddenly on April 20 at the age of 28. The circumstances surrounding the star’s death are vague. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman and authorities in that country say there was no foul play suspected.
The DJ retired from performing in 2016 citing health reasons. He had previously suffered from acute pancreatitis stemming from excessive drinking and had his appendix and gallbladder removed.
An official cause of death has not been released.