"It was always very hard for me" said Swedish EDM phenom Avicii, who was struggling with his health issues
Swedish DJ Tim Bergling aka Avicii died on April 20 in Muscat, Oman. The singer was just 28 years old. The singer had health issues, however, his cause of death is not revealed.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his representative confirmed in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.”
“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”
According to the sources, he once opened up about his health struggles in the past.
In 2016, he announced that he is retiring from touring, saying he'd been "struggling".
“To me, it was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general.It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
"Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way," he said in a statement.
"It really helped me realise that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while."
In an interview, Avicii explained that he'd taken the decision because tour life was impacting on his wellbeing.
"To me, it was something I had to do for my health," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
"The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me.
“All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general.
"It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think."
However, fans who were disappointed at never seeing the DJ live again were buoyed by a hopeful message he shared on his website in 2017.
"The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do."
The singer was found dead in Muscat in Oman at the age of 28. Several stars like John Newman and Dua Lipa expressed their sadness.
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) April 20, 2018
So shocked to hear the awful news that one of the most relevant and incredibly talented people has left the world today. To young and to special to leave us! @Avicii— John Newman (@JohnNewmanMusic) April 20, 2018