Tim Bergling, known to his fans as Avicii, died on April 20 at the age of 28-years-old. His devastated family has spoken out for the first time, thanking fans for their support and privacy during this tragic time.
The statement, which was shared three days after Avicii's death, reads:
“We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs.
“Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honour Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world,"
“We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way.
With love, the Tim Bergling Family."
The Swedish DJ's untimely passing has sadden fans around the world. Avicii's hit songs, such as Levels and Wake Me Up, represent a time when EDM was crossing over to mainstream music, to an entire generation he embodied dance music. His success paved the way for other superstar DJs such as Calvin Harris and DJ Guetta.
Tim's ex-girlfriend Emily Goldberg, has also written a heartfelt tribute:
"'Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.' Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them.
"For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend. Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again. I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts. Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real."
Bergling was found dead in his hotel room in Oman, authorities confirmed that autopsy results revealed there was no foul play or suspicious circumstances. The cause of death is as yet unknown, however he had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.
In 2016 at the peak of his success, he retired from touring, citing "health problems."