Avicii’s dad: ‘I miss him every minute, but I’m angry at him for leaving’

Avicii’s dad: ‘I miss him every minute, but I’m angry at him for leaving’

On April 20, 2018, the world lost a music superstar, chart-topping DJ Avicii. At just 28 years old, he tragically took his own life while on vacation in Oman.

Klas Bergling lost his son Tim.

“I miss him every minute,” shares Klas Bergling during a candid and deeply personal video call. “Of course, I talk to him every day. But,” he pauses, “I admit, I get angry with him sometimes. Why did you do it? Why did you leave us?”
Avicii rose to fame as explosively as the bouncing synths on his breakout hit Levels.

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The 2011 hit, which playfully samples Etta James’ “good feelings” chorus, catapulted the 22-year-old Swede to pop stardom.
Over the next five years, as club dance music evolved into the ubiquitous and successful genre known as EDM, with Levels as its anthem, Avicii became its blonde, high-cheekbone model: reportedly earning $250,000 (£180,000 ) per night on tour.

But at age 26 she retired from live entertainment. In a personal note to fans, he referenced his physical and mental health without detailing the full extent of his struggles, which involved anxiety, pancreatitis, alcohol and painkiller addiction.
Despite a period of recovery (producing music away from the spotlight), Tim continued to struggle with inner demons in his search for existential answers about his life. Two years later, darkness took hold of him for one last, fatal moment.

Now, his family wants people to know Tim beyond the stage lights and has released an illustrated book to honor his legacy. It is part of the family’s efforts through the Tim Bergling Foundation, created in his memory in 2019, to open the conversation about the mental health crisis among young people.
Klas, who carefully selected the photographs from Tim’s childhood to his superstar life, explains: “We want to help people see beyond Avicii’s fame. That’s why we also called his posthumous album ‘Tim’.”
Reflecting on the deep connection fans still feel, demonstrated by the thousands of letters and memorial messages on his website, Klas says: “Tim meant a lot to young people: his music, his lyrics and the person he was.
“At first I didn’t understand why, but then a fan said, ‘Tim was authentic.’ I understood. A lot of young people identify with that authenticity, his honesty and his struggles.”