Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat on Friday 20 April, with few other details yet confirmed. Police have stated, however, that following two autopsies, no evidence of foul play has been found.
He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday afternoon local time, the statement said.
“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.” The statement didn’t give a cause of death. Avicii was known for hits like “Wake Me Up,” Hey Brother,” and “Levels.” He was nominated for Grammys for Best Dance Recording in 2011 and 2012, for the songs “Levels” and “Sunshine.”
Bergling had retired from live performance in 2016, after years of highly intense touring and a battle with alcoholism. “ I took on board too much negative energy,” he said after the decision. “It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.” He continued to record music, and had another major hit in 2017 with Lonely Together, featuring Rita Ora.
Avicii told the publication that he felt “happy” and “free” after announcing his retirement. “I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time in a long time,” he said.
“This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I’m happier than I have been in a very, very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time. I can’t say I’m never going to have a show again. I just don’t think I’m going to go back to the touring life.”
Avicii was quite philanthropic from a young age, partnering with his manager and executive producer Ash Pournouri in 2011 to create House for Hunger, a charity dedicated to alleviating global hunger. House for Hunger gave $1 million to Feeding America and helped fund Lauren Bush Lauren’s The Feed Foundation, which facilitated the distribution over 2 million school meals throughout Africa.