Private send-off for Avicii
Avicii's family has announced that his funeral will be a "private" affair. The Swedish-born DJ - whose real name is Tim Bergling - was found dead in his hotel room in Muscat, Oman, on April 20, at the age of just 28 years.
Since the tragic news emerged, Avicii's fans and music peers have showered him with tributes and there has been interest in the plans for his funeral. Now, his family has released a statement confirming that he will be laid to rest in a ceremony attended by his close relatives and friends.
The statement read: "There have been many inquiries regarding the funeral arrangements for Tim Bergling, known by music fans as Avicii. The Bergling family has now confirmed that the funeral will be private, in the presence of the people who were closest to Tim. They kindly ask media to respect this. There is no additional information forthcoming."
Following the death of the Wake Me Up hitmaker, the Oman police department found "no criminal suspicion" relating to Avicii's death and two post-mortem examinations were conducted, with authorities ruling out foul play. At the end of April, his family released a statement which seemingly confirmed the EDM star had taken his own life.
It read: "Stockholm, 26 April 2018
"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overachieving perfectionist who travelled 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.
"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. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you, Your family."
Avicii retired from performing in 2016, citing health issues as his reason for calling time on his shows. He had been battling with acute pancreatitis - which is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas - due in part to excessive alcohol consumption, and had his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.