What was Tim ‘Avicii’ Bergling’s cause of death?

TIM Bergling, aka Avicii, was one of the most prolific DJs in the world of house music.

On April 20, 2018, the Swedish DJ shocked the world when it was reported that he had suddenly passed away at the age of 28.

Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, suddenly passed away on April 20, 2018


Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, suddenly passed away on April 20, 2018Credit: Getty – Contributor

Who was Tim ‘Avicii’ Bergling?

Born on September 8, 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden, Avicii was a record producer, musician, and songwriter.

He was best known for his songs Levels, I Could Be The One, and Wake Me Up.

Bergling began DJing at 16 years old, eventually leading to a record deal.

He released his debut studio album in 2013, peaking in the top 10 in more than 15 countries.

He received many accolades for his successful music, including a VMA award, iHeartRadio Music Award, and two Grammy nominations.

He announced his retirement from touring in 2016, citing stress and poor mental health as factors.

What was his cause of death?

Tim Bergling passed away on April 20, 2018, from an apparent suicide, according to reports.

The DJ was reportedly found with self-inflicted stab wounds at a home in Muscat, Oman.

He had allegedly been dealing with depression, anxiety, and heavy drinking before his death.

Six days after the news of his passing, Avicii’s family released a statement regarding his sudden death, saying: “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions.

Avicii’s rise to fame saw him crippled with health battles and struggling with anxiety

“An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.

“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.

The statement continued: “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer.

“He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.

“Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed.

They added: “The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.”

Years after his death, new details emerged when his final diary entry was released.

His final message in his diary read: “The shedding of the soul is the last attachment, before it restarts!”

Avicii was one of the most popular house music DJs in the world


Avicii was one of the most popular house music DJs in the worldCredit: Wire Image

Other entries detailed the toll non-stop touring took on him, saying he felt “stress-free” when he checked himself into rehab in 2015.

“Those days in hospital were the most anxiety and stress-free days I can remember the past six years, those were my true vacations, as depressing as it might sound,” the entry read.

“The relief of going from extreme pain to none, knowing that no one is expecting anything other than for you to wait it out and then recover was huge.”

On June 9, 2024, an exclusive documentary detailing Avicii’s final days debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The synopsis for Avicii: I’m Tim says it “honors his brilliant and peaceful nature, highlighting the impact of his innovative music that blended genres and pushed boundaries.”

Fans were able to see never-before-seen and behind-the-scenes footage of the DJ.

What happened to Avicii’s ex-girlfriend Emily Goldberg?

On April 3, 2024, Avicii’s ex-girlfriend, Emily Goldberg, passed away from a pulmonary embolism at 34 years old.

Born on December 3, 1989, Emily had celebrated being “cancer-free” in a social media post a year before her untimely death.

Avicii's ex-girlfriend, Emily Goldberg, passed away six years after the DJs death


Avicii’s ex-girlfriend, Emily Goldberg, passed away six years after the DJs deathCredit: Instagram

The 34-year-old captioned the post: “I lived b***h. I have had cancer for the past year. I am now cancer-free.”

According to her obituary, Emily’s family described her as a “vivacious and unique person who experienced many adventures in her all too brief life.”

Emily and Avicii reportedly dated between 2011 and 2013.

At his time of death, Emily shared a heartbreaking tribute revealing that he wrote a song for her.

“Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love,” she said.

“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.

“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. RIP Avicii.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988, chat on 988lifeline.org, or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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