Avicii’s father Klas Bergling, said that his son was overwhelmed with fame and fortune. The father of the late DJ has opened up about his son’s painful relationship with fame, saying he never expected him to take his own life. 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, his father Klas Bergling, 76, says his son, Tim, was a ‘shy’ and ‘introverted’ man who struggled through his rapid ascent into the spotlight. The DJ, who was his parents’ only child was a quiet teen who was happiest making music by himself in his room. 

Tim Bergling retired from touring in 2016, having suffered from stress and poor mental health for several years. On 20 April 2018, he committed suicide while on holiday in Muscat, Oman. In 2019, his third and final album, Tim, was released posthumously.

The “Wake Me Up” artist shot to worldwide fame in 2011 with his song “Levels”. But Avicii couldn’t face life on the stage. He had to adapt to the DJ lifestyle spent decking in clubs, arenas and festivals, which did not suit his reserved disposition, his father said. 

In 2011, he suffered acute pancreatitis caused due to alcohol addiction and was prescribed opioids to deal with the pain. Klas said the medication resulted in opioid addiction, altering his son’s behavior. Following the 2015 intervention from his family, Avicii got clean and stopped drinking. Being teetotal didn’t go hand-in-hand with the DJ lifestyle and so Avicii stopped touring due to health concerns.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, Call 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer with a passion for pop culture and entertainment news. With a background in copywriting and academic writing, she brings a unique perspective to her work. Currently pursuing her Masters in Comparative Literature, Shifa also has a love for theatre, teaching, and exploring different cultures and languages.

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