Tragic DJ Avicii, who died at just 28, leaves his entire £20million fortune to his parents
- The Swedish DJ was found dead in Muscat, Oman in April this year, aged just 28
- His entire fortune automatically goes to his parents as he was single at the time
- Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, also had not written a will when he died this year
The late DJ Avicii has left his entire £20million fortune to his parents, legal documents filed in his native Sweden reveal.
Legal forms made public by the Swedish Tax Agency, have revealed that the artist’s parents Klas Bergling and Anki Lidén are set to inherit their son’s wealth of 231million kronor (£20million, $25.5million).
The internationally acclaimed DJ, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman in April this year.
Following his death, his family penned an open letter saying the 28-year-old ‘could not go on any longer and wanted peace’.
Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead at a hotel in Muscat, Oman in April this year
Under Swedish law, the money will automatically be gifted to his parents since he was unmarried with no children and had not written a last will and testament at the time of his death – Swedish newspaper Expressen.se reported.
He was also said to have had debts of 96.5million kronor (£8.42m) in the US and 841,330 kronor (£73,430) in Canada, which were paid before his parents inherited his estate.
Avicii made a fortune during his short career, cashing in $28million in 2014 alone, earning $250,000 a night when playing out sold-out shows, according to GQ.
Avicii himself was less bothered about his millions, saying in 2013 that he ‘noticed straight away when I started making money, that I don’t need that much money’.
Proud parents: Avicii’s parents, Anki Liden and Klas Bergling are seen watching him perform in Stockholm, Sweden during one of his final live shows
Family: Avicii is pictured as a child with his mother, who is an actress, at film premieres
In 2012 he donated the entire income of his U.S. tour – more than one million dollars – to hunger relief charity Feeding America, and in 2013 he gave one million euros to Swedish aid organisation Radiohjälpen.
After his death, his family released a statement revealing that Avicii did not want to go on and had been struggling with mental health issues at the time of his death.
‘He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace,’ the statement said.
Despite a meteoric rise to success following the release of hit-single Le7els in 2011, Avicii announced in 2016 that he would not longer perform live, following years health problems caused by stress and alcohol abuse, as well as severe anxiety.
Tragedy: The family of the Swedish DJ, whose real name was Tim Bergling, said the 28-year-old ‘could not go on any longer and wanted peace’
A recent documentary, Avicii: True Stories shed light on the extreme pressure he was under, performing 320 shows in a single year.
In the documentary, Avicii, a self-confessed introvert, speaks frequently about using alcohol as a crutch to be able to perform, drinking every day during his hectic tour, and to help him with his crippling anxiety and stress.
At the age of 21 he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis – a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas – due in part to excessive drinking.
In 2014, Bergling was again hospitalised and forced to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.
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