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Avicii’s Family Reveals DJ’s Private Struggles In New Statement: ‘He Wanted To Find Peace’

 

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Avicii's immediate family has released a statement regarding the unexpected death of the electronic music star exactly a week ago.

Resting In Peace

The Grammy-nominated artist, who rose to fame around the late '00s, was found dead while in a vacation with friends in Muscat, Oman, last Friday, April 20. Authorities have performed an autopsy on his remains and have ruled out the suspicion of foul play.

As of this writing, the cause of his death remains unknown, but the recent statement by the Swedish musician's family seems to suggest suicide.

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions," the statement reads. "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 continued that Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, grappled with thoughts about the meaning of life and happiness. In addition, they explained that the artist, while he loved his fans, was not built for the spotlight.

"He could not go on any longer," the statement said. "He wanted to find peace."

The statement comes a few days after Avicii's frequent collaborator, Geffen Executive Neil Jacobson, revealed that the Swedish DJ has been working on his next album prior to his death. The music executive shared that the still-untitled last project of the EDM star was "incredible, magical music."

The late artist retired from touring in 2016.

Avicii Returns To The Top Of The Charts

The sudden death of Avicii has moved his fans to revisit his previously released music. Billboard reports that one of his hit singles "Wake Me Up!" has reentered and immediately climbed up at the top spot of LyricFind's U.S. and global charts this week.

"Wake Me Up!" was released in 2013 from his debut studio album True. It featured the voice of soul singer Aloe Blacc.

Fans have also been searching for the lyrics of "Wake," one of Avicii's biggest hits. "The Days" and "Silhouettes" also have experienced a spike in user activities in the past week caused by the musician's death.

'Heaven'

An collaboration between Avicii and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was released on the streaming platform Soundcloud.

The recording process was captured for the documentary True Stories, which was released in the fall of 2017.

In "Heaven," Martin sings, ""I think I just died / and went to heaven."

Listen to the track below.

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