Avicii’s Family Speaks Out Days After the Musician’s Tragic Death
The news of Swedish DJ Avicii‘s sudden death left the world in a state of shock. The musician was only 28 years old at the time of his tragic passing and, although it’s been several days, we still have no idea how he died.
The artist, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was loved by millions of people all over the world thanks to his many contributions to the music industry over the years. As you can probably imagine, these fans did everything they could to honor him in the wake of his death, including setting up memorials, playing is songs, etc.
Avicii’s family stayed quiet in the immediate aftermath of his death, but thanked everyone for their kind words of support in a statement to Us Weekly yesterday.
“We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother,” the family said. “We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs. Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world. We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way.”
The 28-year-old’s brother reportedly traveled to Muscat, Oman, just hours after the DJ’s death in order get some answers
Avicii actually retired from performing live in 2016, telling fans the decision was made due to health concerns.
“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” he later explained to Billboard. “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.”
He suffered from acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking and had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.