DJ Avicii 'could not go on any longer', family says

The family of Swedish DJ Avicii, who was found dead last week in Oman at the age of 28, says he struggled with life and "could not go on any longer".

A cause of death has not been made public but, in their first comment on his death, Avicii's family strongly suggested that the electronic dance musician and producer took his own life.

Avicii’s family said he could not go on any longer.

He cancelled tour dates in 2014 after having his gall bladder and appendix removed, and had been hospitalised twice in the preceding two years for acute pancreatitis, partly due to excessive drinking. He has previously said that he drank alcohol to deal with anxiety on stage.

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress," the family's statement said.

"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," it added.

Avicii's death shocked the music world, particularly in Europe.

Church bells played one of Avicii's biggest hits in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Tuesday.

Full statement from Avicii’s family.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service details available from www.bettertoknow.org.au/AMS

Reuters

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