On the first day of May’s Mental Health Awareness month, the cause of DJ Avicii’s death has been announced as suicide due to self-inflicted wounds according to reports. His family alluded to his cause of death in a previous statement made April 26th where they spoke about his gentle nature and longing for more past fame and celebrity.
Tim Bergling, took his own life on April 20th, using a shard of glass “that caused massive bleeding.” Two sources said the shards came from a broken bottle. An unconfirmed source told the glass may have belonged to a wine bottle.
In the statement made from the Bergling family, the DJ was a “a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions” and “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,” continues the statement. “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. We love you, Your family.”
Months before his death, a documentary was released following the Swedish DJ’s fame, and in it he himself warned that he was “going to die”. The documentary titled “Avicii: True Stories” was released last October on Netflix but has since been pulled following his death. In the 97-minute video, he warned that the touring lifestyle was going to kill him but was continuously pressured to carry on.
At one point during the documentary he referenced to his mental and physical health issues and battle with alcohol abuse, saying: “I expected support, particularly considering everything I have been through, Everyone knows that I’ve had anxiety and that I have tried. I did not expect that people would try to pressure me into doing more gigs.”
He continued: “They have seen how ill I have felt by doing it, but I had a lot of push-back when I wanted to stop doing gigs.
“I have said, like, I’m going to die. I have said it so many times. And so I don’t want to hear that I should entertain the thought of doing another gig.”
Bergling retired from live performances in 2016, citing health reasons. He had his gallbladder and appendix taken out in 2014 removed after experiencing agonizing stomach pain and appendicitis, as at one point he was existing on fast food, cigarettes, Red Bull and booze. Later he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis — an inflammation of the pancreas that can be caused by heavy alcohol consumption.
Bergling released a number of hit singles in the past decade, including the 2011 EDM hit “Levels” and the six-time platinum song “Wake Me Up,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013.
At his time of death, Bergling was reportedly worth a whopping $72 million, but even while at the peak of his career, the young man valued more than just money. In the wake of his death large amounts of his fortune was donated to charity. His family spoke about his generous nature previously, but Tim himself was very humble and honest with his approach on money in a 2013 interview.
“I discovered when I started making money that I didn’t really need it, When you have such an excess of money you don’t need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need.”
An official police report and cause of death have yet to be released publicly.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Source : The Recover Newsroom
Also published on Medium.