What's Happening With Avicii's Funeral, According To His Family

Avicii in an interview

Last month, famous Swedish DJ Tim Berling, better known as Avicii, was found dead in a hotel in Muscat, Omen in what was later believed to be an apparent suicide. He was 28, and the internationally beloved and acclaimed musician left many devastated and mournful fans in his wake. While Avicii's fans have struggled to come to terms with Avicii's short-lived legacy, the Berling family has released a statement requesting privacy during the burial of their belated famous family member. In relation to Avicii's untiimely death, the Berling family told Avicii's fans and the media about his forthcoming funeral arrangements, which will not be open to the public.

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.

The funeral announcement, which comes to us from E! News, has already been making the rounds. Looks like the Berling family seems to be coping as best they can with Avicii's shocking death, while continuing to keep his fans in the loop, albeit at an arm's length. Since the musician's unexpected and devastating passing, the grieving family have talked openly about the difficulty of his death. Even before details surrounding his death were revealed, they suggested in their initial statement that Avicii's death was potentially caused by his own hand.

Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An overachieving perfectionist who traveled 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.

Truly tragic news. While the Berling family never explicitly said it was a suicide, the original Swedish version of their statement apparently made the implication "more overt." The Grammy-nominated musician has been open with his fans about his struggles with alcoholism and severe health issues, and it was previously believed Avicii's death was related to one or the other. He is best remembered for a variety of chart-topping singles, which includes "Levels," "Sunshine," "I Could Be The One," "Addicted To You," and, perhaps most famously, "Hey Brother." Avicii was also the first electronic DJ/producer to headline Radio City Music Hall in New York City. By many accounts, he was an innovative, highly gifted and multi-talented artist.

As we have mentioned in previous posts about Avicii, if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, which is available 24/7 across the United States.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.