Avicii dead at 28: Pictures are unveiled of the luxury royal-owned farmhouse in Oman where Swedish DJ is believed to have spent his tragic final hours
Amid a recent wave of speculation that Avicii may have taken his own life last Friday, photographs have emerged of the luxury farmhouse where he believed to have died.
The Swedish DJ, whose relatives said he ‘could not go on any longer and wanted peace’ in an open letter published on Thursday, was found dead at the age of 28 in Oman’s port capital of Muscat exactly one week ago.
And pictures obtained by MailOnline show the farmhouse where he allegedly spent his final hours – said to belong to a relative of the Sultan of Oman and set amid lush vegetation and rows of palm trees set behind high, imposing walls.
Tragic: Photographs have emerged of the luxury farmhouse where Avicii is believed to have tragically died at the age of 28 last Friday. Pictured in May 2014
Even from a distance, it’s evident that the abode, boasting a freshly-painted terracotta exterior and gleaming slate grey roof, is far from a typical rustic farmhouse, with visitors likely wanting for very little during their stay.
The property is set back behind an unassuming painted wall, with only a variety of trees visible to those driving past on the city’s wide roads, while a grand and large secured gate allows guests to drive onto the sprawling grounds.
Also pictured is the police hospital where the Wake Me Up hitmaker’s body was taken after he was found dead at the property where he’d reportedly been staying.
The property – said to belong to a relative of the Sultan of Oman – amid lush vegetation and rows of palm trees set behind high, imposing walls
Access: A grand and large secured gate allows guests to drive onto the sprawling grounds
Privacy: The property is set back behind an unassuming painted wall, with only a variety of trees visible to those driving past on the city’s wide roads
The unveiling of the photographs comes a day after his family said the star, whose real name was Tim Bergling, ‘could not go on any longer and wanted peace’, in an open letter published on Thursday.
While the cause of the DJ’s death has not been made public, his parents said that ‘Tim was not made for the machinery he ended up in’.
A spokesperson for the artist declined to confirm whether he had committed suicide.
The family’s letter reads: ‘Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul who always carried great existential questions. An overperforming perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a tempo which led to extremely difficult stress.
Hospital: Also pictured is the police hospital where the Wake Me Up hitmaker’s body was taken after he was found dead at the property where he’d reportedly been staying
Mystery: The cause of the star’s death in the port capital has yet to be officially confirmed
‘When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to feel good and be able to do what he loved the most – music. He truly battled thoughts about the Meaning, Life, Happiness. Now, he could not go on any more. He wanted peace.’
‘Tim was not made for the machinery he ended up in, he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans, but shunned the spotlight,’ the statement read.
‘Tim, you will forever be loved and missed. Who you were and your music will carry on the memory of you. We love you, the family.’
The family’s heartbreaking letter comes as a choir of 1,000 singers paid tribute to the Swedish DJ during a concert in his home town of Stockholm, performing his hit Wake Me Up.
Tragedy: The family of the 28-year-old Swedish DJ, whose real name was Tim Bergling, said the 28-year-old ‘could not go on any longer and wanted peace’
Proud parents: Avicii’s parents, Anki Liden and Klas Bergling are seen watching him perform in Stockholm, Sweden during one of his final live shows in August 2016
A video of the performance was posted by the Happy Voices’ choir leader Gabriel Forss, following the concert in Filadelfiakyrkan in central Stockholm.
He wrote: ‘A tribute to Avicii from last night’s concert in Stockholm. A thousand singers from my choir Happy Voices performing ‘Wake me up’.
‘Thank you Tim. Your music will forever bring people together. ‘
Despite a meteoric rise to success following the release of hit-single Le7els in 2011, Avicii announced in 2016 that he would not longer perform live, following years health problems caused by stress and alcohol abuse, as well as severe anxiety.
Family: Avicii is pictured as a child with his mother, who is an actress, at film premieres
A recent documentary, Avicii: True Stories shed light on the extreme pressure he was under, performing 320 shows in a single year.
In the documentary, Avicii, a self-confessed introvert, speaks frequently about using alcohol as a crutch to be able to perform, drinking every day during his hectic tour, and to help him with his crippling anxiety and stress.
At the age of 21 he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis – a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas – due in part to excessive drinking.
In 2014, Bergling was again hospitalised and forced to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.
Struggles: In Avicii: True Stories, the DJ himself can be heard saying he is ‘going to die’ if he does not stop performing, and that he has told his management this ‘so many times’
Breakneck speed: The 28-year-old Swedish DJ and producer retired from performing live in 2016 following a battle with alcohol abuse and anxiety
Avicii made a fortune during his short career, cashing in $28million in 2014 alone, earning $250,000 a night when playing out sold-out shows, according to GQ.
Avicii himself was less bothered about his millions, saying in 2013 that he ‘noticed straight away when I started making money, that I don’t need that much money’.
In 2012 he donated the entire income of his U.S. tour – more than one million dollars – to hunger relief charity Feeding America, and in 2013 he gave one million euros to Swedish aid organisation Radiohjälpen.
Bergling grew up in affluent Ostermalm in the Swedish capital Stockholm, and began producing music in high school.
Tribute: The choir Happy Voices paid tribute to Avicii in his home town of Stockholm
Honoured: The choir sang Avicii’s top hit Wake Me Up in the Philadelphia Church in Stockholm
He made a name for himself on the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene, before his breakthrough hit Le7els in 2011.
He would later become known for hits like Wake Me Up!, You Make Me, and recently Lonely Together, a collaboration with Rita Ora.
He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations.
Just three days before his death, in his final post on Twitter, Bergling thanked the Billboard Music Award’s jury for his nomination int the Top Dance/Electronic Album category for his EP Avīci (01).
He died on April 20 in Muscat, Oman, where he is reported to have been holidaying with friends. The cause of death has not been made public.
Heartbreaking: This is one of the last pictures taken of the young musician, days before he was found dead in Muscat, Oman, last week
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