Last week, the music world was rocked by the news that world-renowned hitmaker Avicii had passed away at the age of 28.
Rumors about Avicii's cause of death began to circulate almost immediately, with several outlets reporting that his unexpected passing was the result of lingering health issues resulting from a lifelong struggle with alcoholism.
Now, however, there's reason to believe that may not have been the case.
Earlier today, the family of the late artist - whose real name was Tim Bergling - issued a statement in which they implied that Avicii may have taken his own life.
Now, an official close to the investigation has revealed that drugs were found at the scene of Bergling's death.
“I do know drugs were found on the scene,” a spokesperson at the Muscat Governorate Police Headquarters tells Radar Online.
Avicii's lifeless body was found in the city of Muscat, Oman, but little is known about the condition in which it was found, or why the DJ had traveled to the country.
The statement published today by his family does not explicitly state that Avicii committed suicide, but it suggests that he was crippled by his struggles with anxiety and depression in the weeks before his death.
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions," the statement reads.
"An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress."
The statement references Avicii's decision to retire from touring in order to focus on his health following a pancreatitis diagnosis:
"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," the family writes.
“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace," the statement continued.
"Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.
"Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.We love you, Your family.”
We will have additional updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.