Avicii’s dad says his suicide ‘wasn’t planned’: ‘It was like a traffic accident'

Avicii’s father has opened up about the DJ’s tragic death by suicide last year and says the musician ‘didn’t plan’ to take his own life, instead comparing it to a ‘traffic accident’.

The Wake Me Up hitmaker died on 20 April 2018 after taking his own life at a hotel in Muscat, Omen.

Coroner’s ruled Avicii’s death a suicide but his father, Klas Bergling, doesn’t believe it was intentional.

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Avicii said: ‘Our theory is not that he planned this suicide — more that it was like a traffic accident. Many things happened and came into the same station, so to say, and brought him out of his control.’

Bergling recalls how Avicii, who was 28, used to call his father whenever he was going through a ‘bad situation’.

Sharing an insight into their close relationship, Bergling said: ‘When he was in a bad situation he always used to call me. We talked a lot (about) his thoughts about life, his thoughts about meditation, love…we had long talks, often one hour or so, over the ocean.

‘If you are very happy or extremely happy, it’s not so far to be unhappy…small things can make you sad or move your balance and I think this is what happened.’

In the months before his death, the Hey Brother producer is said to have struggled with depression and battled severe stage fright despite the fact he was constantly booked in for multiple shows.

Addressing Avicii’s unrelenting lifestyle, Bergling said: ‘As a DJ or an artist you have to do a lot of things you don’t want to do, in the end that takes a part of you.

‘[It] takes a lot out of these people — the traveling, waiting at airports, late nights.’

Avicii’s troubles on tour were documented in the Netflix documentary True Stories, which depicted his exhaustion and an illness that he endured just six months before his death.

In April, Avicii’s first posthumous single SOS was released to mark the first anniversary of his death, and features his Wake Me Up collaborator Aloe Blacc. The song features lyrics about love, drugs and relationships.

The DJ’s posthumous album was released in June with proceeds going towards the Tim Bergling Foundation, which was opened in Avicii’s honour after his death.


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