On April 20th, Tim Berling, better known as famous Swedish DJ Avicii, was pronounced dead after his body was found in a hotel in Muscat, Omen. He was 28. Though Avicii has been open about his severe health issues and alcoholism over the years, music lovers were shocked and heartbroken by this tragic news. As more details have come to light since Avicii’s passing, the events surrounding the young musician’s death only grow more devastating. After the mourning family suggested that Berling’s death was a suicide last week, it is revealed that Avicii reportedly took his own life by cutting himself with an open bottle, with some claiming it was with an empty wine bottle.
TMZ reported on the heartbreaking discovery. Although it wasn’t confirmed to be a suicide last week, the grieving family heavily implied Avicii took his own life in their open statement. But since it was translated from Swedish to English, it was hard to officially confirm whether or not that was true–although Swedish readers who read the original transcript said it was more overtly suggested in its original text. Now, sources close to the situation say Avicii broke the bottle and used it to open the fatal wound. There have been conflicting reports regarding where he the injury occurred; some claim it was his neck, others say it was his wrist. Neither can be confirmed, although multiple people close to the situation have provided further evidence that Avicii’s death was a suicide.
A week after Avicii was pronounced dead, the Berling family released the following statement, which talked about their late musician family member.
Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overachieving perfectionist who traveled 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.
Previous reports noted that Avicii was on vacation in the Middle Eastern country when was found dead. From an early age, Avicii has ascended to global and international fame and acclaim for his electronic DJ music. He’s best known for hit singles like “Levels,” “Sunshine,” “Wake Me Up!,” “I Could Be The One,” “Addicted To You,” “Lonely Together” and, perhaps most prominently, “Hey Brother,” among others. He was a Grammy-nominated musician who also became the first electronic DJ/producer to ever headline at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City. By many accounts, he was a talented and innovative musician with several years of great music still left inside him. The music community continues to mourn this death.
While Avicii has remained open and forthcoming about his health struggles and history of excessive drinking, which resulted in him retiring from touring in 2016, it is unclear what prompted Avicii to take his own life. In any case, our thoughts go out to Avicii’s loved ones during this difficult time. It’s also important to note that if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, which is available 24/7 across the United States.