Avicii's Family Implies He Died From Apparent Suicide

Avicii's family is releasing new information surrounding his death.

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the family of the late Swedish DJ (whose real name is Tim Bergling) released a statement about his sudden passing late last week, in which they implied he had died of an apparent suicide.

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions," the statement began (via TMZ). "An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress."

Avicii, who suffered from very public health problems for years, partly due to excessive drinking, had retired from performing live in 2016. In reference to this decision, the family continued, "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," the family explained, adding, "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."

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday, April 20. He was 28 years old. The following day, an Oman law enforcement source revealed that there was reportedly "no criminal suspicion" in relation to his passing. Around that time, it was announced that the EDM star's body would be flown back home to Sweden this week. 

After the news of the musician's shocking death broke, a number of celebrities and fans took to social media to share their thoughts and express their condolences. Meanwhile, Avicii's family broke their silence earlier this week, releasing a statement in appreciation of the outpouring of love and support they'd received. 

"We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother," the statement read (via E! News). "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 ... We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way." 

The two-time Grammy nominee, who was best known for his 2013 hit, "Wake Me Up," is survived by his parents, two brothers, and a sister.

Our thoughts are with Avicii's loved ones during this difficult time.