While the world still struggles to come to grips with the passing of Avicii’s untimely passing, another gut punch came today. Avicii‘s cause of death has been revealed to be suicide. This was confirmed by his family, who issued another heartbreaking statement (translated from Swedish).
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overachieving 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. 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.
According to a Swedish source speaking to Variety, the pre-translated speech strongly implied suicide as the cause of death. While many speculated it might have been an overdose, the truth is no less heartwrenching. The wounds, which were still fresh in the minds of many, are essentially re-opened once again. We hope Avicii has found some peace. RIP
UPDATE: While outlets have reported a suicide note was found, a Swedish reporter has indicated this as a result of bad translation.
Hey yo everyone super keen on being first with Avicii news – GOOGLE TRANSLATE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. There has been NO suicide note, and no cause of death made public. His death and his family's letter is heartbreaking as it is. https://t.co/44Iap9fZex
— Sara Malm (@SaraDMalm) April 26, 2018