Avicii's family announce funeral plans, says will host 'only the people who were closest to him'

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 23, 2018, 03:41 PM IST

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Popular swedish DJ Avicii who died on April 20 will now have a traditional funeral, according to the late musician family members. 

In a statement to Billboard, the family said: "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 28-year-old music producer's body was found on April 20 in a hotel room in Oman.

After news of his death was revealed, his family issued a statement calling him a "seeker" and "a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions."

They added: "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 could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

Before his death, Avicii had been open about his health problems, including anxiety, pancreatitis and surgery he had to remove his gallbladder and pancreas. 

On Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, The Chainsmokers and Halsey paid tribute to the late DJ with a touching message about the impact of "Levels" and his influence on electronic music.