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Avicii’s tragic end: Swedish DJ died by cutting himself, new report says

Several days after the family of Swedish DJ Avicii released a statement implying the musician died by suicide, a new report says that he ended his life by fatally cutting himself with broken glass.

Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on April 20. Police said there was “no criminal suspicion” in the case. Avicii was 28.

Multiple sources familiar with the circumstances surrounding the producer’s death told TMZ that he broke a bottle and used a shard of glass to inflict the fatal wound. There were conflicting reports about the point of injury. Avicii had reportedly been vacationing at a beach resort in the Arabian Peninsula nation.

In a letter obtained by Variety late last week, the producer’s family said “he could not go on any longer” and that “he wanted to find peace.”
Avicii’s family also called him “a seeker,” a “fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions” and “an over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.”
Avicii was one of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time, scoring a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up,” Variety said. He also regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists.

In 2016, at the peak of his success, he retired from live performing, citing health concerns.

The health problems included acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He also had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. In recent years, he reportedly had struggled to stay away from alcohol. While he said he had stopped drinking after his 2014 surgery, friends and collaborators said they had seen him intoxicated, Variety reported.

Avicii previously had warned that he was “going to die,” because of his touring lifestyle, according to Business Insider. In a documentary released in October, “Avicii: True Stories,” he repeatedly talked about the stress of performing and said he felt pressured to continue.

Friends and colleagues say he definitely wasn’t comfortable with the intense, highly scrutinized lifestyle that comes with touring and with celebrity.

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“He was totally thrown into this. All he wanted was to make beautiful music,” DJ Laidback Luke told People. He had mentored Avicii when he was a teen and said he last saw him in 2015.

“I remember there wasn’t much Tim left,” the DJ said. “Tim looked to me kind of like a zombie. He had aged significantly. When I saw him perform, it was as if he wasn’t in touch with life anymore.”

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