Swedish DJ, remixer and producer Avicii poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)
The family of Swedish DJ Avicii, who was found dead last week in Oman at the age of 28, says he struggled with life and "could not go on any longer".
In their first comment on his death, the cause of which has not been disclosed, the family said in a statement: "He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace."
The statement appeared to suggest that the electronic dance musician and producer took his own life. His US publicist, Diana Baron, declined to comment further.
Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music (EDM). He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, last Friday but no cause of death was released.
Avicii, known for international hits such as Wake Me Up and Hey Brother, announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring, citing the demands of the lifestyle.
"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress," the family's statement said on Thursday.
"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," it added.
Avicii's death shocked the music world, particularly in Europe.
Church bells played one of Avicii's biggest hits in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Tuesday.
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