Avicii’s father opens up about labeling his son’s death a suicide: ‘How should you call things’

Klas Bergling, the father of the late DJ Avicii, hinted at the musician’s death.

Swedish electronic dance DJ Avicii – real name Tim Bergling – died in 2018 in Oman at the age of 28.

“Obviously there are things I don’t see,” Bergling said Sunday Times.

During the interview, Bergling emphasized the importance of using the word suicide. “I think you should call things what they are,” he said.

Speaking about the circumstances surrounding his son’s death, Bergling recalled receiving a phone call from someone who had been on vacation with Avicii in Oman. They called to stay they were worried about the musician’s mental state.

Before his parents – Bergling and Anki Liden – could fly to Oman, Bergling received another call informing him of his son’s death.

“It’s fame and fortune, and it’s a very dangerous combination,” he said, adding: “When you have a rising artist there needs to be some structure.”

However, Bergling made it clear that he does not see his son’s manager, Arash Pournouri – whom Avicii has worked with since the age of 18 – to blame for his health problems.

In 2016, Avicii withdrew from performing live due to health reasons. He had developed acute pancreatitis partly from drinking too much alcohol. In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed.


“He is a shy person. He was not one to go into a room full of people and start talking or giving speeches,” Bergling said, noting that it eventually “became a problem” when he became addicted to alcohol. .

A documentary about the DJ’s career, titled Avicii: True stories, released in 2017. It chronicles his last world tour and sees him open up about his alcohol addiction.

Avicii said in the documentary: “Initially, I was afraid of drinking because I didn’t want to mess things up. “But then I realized how tight I was when I didn’t drink. So then I found the magic cure just to have a few drinks before moving on.”

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Follow Time‘the article, the musician’s family and friends organized an intervention in 2015 to address his struggles with alcohol as well as drugs, including painkillers, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs. anxiety and antidepressants.

“I saw in his eyes that he understood something was going on,” Bergling recalls. “It was one of the worst moments of my life because you really feel like you betrayed your son. But it has to be done. It’s naive. I have heard a thousand times that the war begins while you are awake. ”

Avicii was hospitalized for rehabilitation, after which he returned to perform, however, he continued to struggle with mental health issues.

In March 2017, he posted an open letter on his website announcing his retirement from touring. Two years later, he died by suicide in Oman at the age of 28.

Avicii is known for hit songs including “Wake Me Up” and “Levels”. His 2013 debut album Right reached the top 10 in 10 different countries. He received two Grammy nominations and was regularly featured in the top 5 of Forbes’ highest-paid DJ lists before retiring.

If you are going through feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, the Samaritans offer support; you can speak to someone for free by phone, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org or visit the Samaritans website to find details of a nearest branch your most.

If you live in the United States and you or someone you know needs mental health support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a confidential, toll-free crisis hotline available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are in another country, you can go to www.befrienders.org to find a helpline near you.

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, you can seek confidential help and support 24-7 from Frank, by calling 0300 123 6600, texting 82111, Send an e-mail or visit their website here.

In the United States, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can be contacted at 1-800-662-HELP.

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Emma Bowman

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