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DJ Avicii Died Of Apparent Suicide

Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ-producer who performed as Avicii, died of an apparent suicide.

The singer, age 28, was found dead on Apr. 20 while on vacation in Muscat, Oman.  While the cause of death is yet unknown, Royal Oman Police has ruled out“criminal suspicion” after conducting two postmortems.

Bergling’s family shared a statement about the musician’s death, saying, “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” Bergling’s family said. “An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.”

Bergling was at the forefront of the EDM movement that began to dominate the pop landscape in the early 2010s. His 2011 track, “Levels” – which featured a sample of Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” – became a crossover smash that topped the charts in dozens of countries. In 2013, he partnered with soul singer Aloe Blacc for “Wake Me Up,” a track that blended EDM and country, and peaked at Number Four on the Hot 100.

But the hard and fast lifestyle of Avicii’s booming career eventually came to a screeching halt, when at the age of 26, he announced that he would be retiring from performing to focus on his health.

“It’s very easy to become too attached to partying,” he told Rolling Stone last year. “You become lonely and get anxieties. It becomes toxic.”

Avicii was dealing with a series of health issues including acute pancreatitis, partly caused by excessive drinking.

In 2013, he discussed his decision to stop drinking with TIME magazine. “Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much,” he said. “Then I got a pancreatitis attack [at 21], which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”

Still, he didn’t find it difficult to be sober as a powerhouse DJ performing in packed arenas. “I can still party,” he told TIME. “I can be sober and party. It’s all a learning experience. I’ve gone out partying sober and I’ve met my new girlfriend from day one sober, and I’ve done everything sober. And I see how drunk everyone else is and I feel like, I kind of like not being hungover tomorrow.”