Avicii's cause of death apparently suicide - reports

Avicii performing
The family's latest statement reveals the DJ was struggling with mental health issues. Photo credit: Getty

Swedish DJ Avicii died of a suspected suicide, according to a new statement from the musician's family. 

The 'Wake Me Up' creator, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in his hotel room in Oman on April 20 (local time) after years of battling health problems.

Rolling Stone reports Bergling' family have released a new statement following his death, saying the musician "really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness". 

"He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace," the statement continued.

Bergling's debut single as Avicii was released in 2007, and he made it big with 'Seek Bromance' in 2010 and the Grammy-nominated 'Levels' in 2011. During his career Bergling worked with dance star David Guetta, guitarist Carlos Santana, singer Aloe Blacc and rock band Coldplay.

In their new statement, Bergling's spoke about his tendency to shy away from the spotlight.

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

"Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in," they continued. "He was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive."

In a previous statement released two days ago, the family thanked fans and the artist's peers for " all the initiatives taken to honour [the artist]... with 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."

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