Today Avicii’s family released an updated statement to the press:
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.
While the statement does not directly give a specific cause of death, these words: “He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.” seem to suggest that he may have taken his own life.
Watch a Swedish orchestra perform ‘Wake Me Up’ in tribute to the artist:
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