Content warning: This story discusses mental health and suicide which may be triggering for some readers.
He was the bright-eyed, blonde-haired 28-year-old with the skills, brain and creativity to make music with the power to reach millions of ears across age, across gender and across the world.
His name was Tim Bergling, but of course, we knew him as Avicii.
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” his family said in a statement, released Thursday, some two weeks after his death. “An over-achieving 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.
“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,” the statement went on.
“Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.”
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While Avicii’s story will not end – for, as his family said, his music is his legacy – that’s certainly where the story of his death should have.
In the days after his family released their final statement, news has surfaced once again. This time, graphic reports have been published about the very private, very complex nature and method of his death.