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After his DJ son’s surprise passing in April, Avicii’s father posthumously accepted a song of the year award on his son’s behalf Wednesday during the Swedish Rockbjornen gala in Stockholm.
“I am happy to have been given the opportunity to be here tonight to say thank you for this amazing award that you have rewarded Tim and Sandro and to everyone of you who have voted for ‘Without You,’ an amazing song,” Klas Bergling is quoted as saying in a report from Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Bergling was joined onstage by Avicii collaborator Sandro Cavazza.
“But also, and perhaps foremost, to say thank you for all and every amazing tribute you have given Tim and his music,” Bergling said, “drom all his fans and others, from churches, schools, festivals and so many more. It’s been almost incomprehensible and it has warmed our hearts, all of the family, during this hard time, so again a big thank-you to everyone.”
Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman of apparent suicide April 20. He was 28. The musician’s last official release was Av?ci (01) in August 2017.
After his death, the DJ’s family stated that Avicii “really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness” and that “he wanted to find peace.”
In the past, the musician suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows to dedicate time for recovery. He eventually quit touring in 2016, but continued making music in the studio.
The Swedish electronic dance music star was open about his struggles with fame, telling The Hollywood Reporter that pulling back at 26 was a decision that helped him “feel free.”
“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” he says of his decision to quit touring. “The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
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