Avicii's heartbroken family thank fans in emotional statement following DJ's shock death

The Swedish EDM star, real name Tim Bergling, died in Muscat, Oman, on April 20, aged just 28.

His family thanked fans for their "support and loving words" over the past few days and asked for people to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

In a statement released to Variety, they said: "We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother.

"We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs.

"Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honour Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.

"We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. With love, The Tim Bergling Family".

The family arrived in oman to take his body back to Sweden earlier today. 

Meanwhile, Avicii's cause of death is currently unknown, but the DJ had been open about his health struggles in the past.

He shocked fans in 2016 when he announced he would be retiring from touring for the sake of his well-being.

Back in 2014, Avicii had been forced to cancel a series of gigs so he could recover from having his gallbladder and appendix removed.

He also had  acute pancreatitis – which was in part due to excessive drinking – but he admitted he felt "free" and "happy" after his decision to retire.

In the days before he died Avicii had told fans he was preparing for the next stage of his life.

He said in a statement: “We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters the most to us.

“For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

“Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music.

“Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

“The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do.”
His heartbroken family has flown to Oman after the DJ's shock death. Police said criminality was not suspected.

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