Six days after the death of the popular Swedish DJ Avicii, his family has released a statement explaining that the star’s life in the fast lane took a taxing toll.
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artist soul who always shouldered difficult existential doubts,” the statement, which has been translated from Swedish, read, referring to Avicii’s real name Tim Bergling. “An overcompensating perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a rate that led to extreme stress.”
The statement continued to explain that the 28-year-old’s gruelling tour schedule and the constant attention and pressure from fans had taken a serious toll on his physical and mental health.
“He wanted to find balance in life after he stopped touring, and wanted to dedicate himself to what he loved most – music. He struggled with thoughts of meaning, life and happiness,” they wrote. “He couldn’t do it anymore. He wanted rest.”
Avicii retired from touring in 2016 after years of health problems, including acute pancreatitis and the removal of his appendix and gall bladder.
Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, often posted photos of himself making music in the studio and playing at shows. “Being in the studio for me is being home,” he noted in one 2017 photo of himself on a keyboard.
In an open letter to fans announcing his decision to quit life on the road, the Wake Me Up DJ wrote he had “too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
“Tim wasn’t built for the machinery he was thrown into; he was a thin-skinned guy who loved his fans but eluded the spotlight,” his family’s statement continued. “Tim, you will be forever loved and missed. The person you were and your music will eternally enshrine you.”
Avicii was found dead in a resort hotel room April 20 in Oman, where he’d been staying with friends. Local authorities have ruled out foul play in his death. – Rachel DeSantis/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service