Tribute to Tim: The legend, The saviour, The man.

So an artiste I really love died two years ago today on the 20th of April 2018. He slit his wrist with a broken wine bottle. His name was Tim Bergling before he was ever called Avicii. I loved him, I still love him, now more than ever. Tim’s music really changed my life, it literally saved me from drowning in the depths of depression. Days that I thought I would finally let go and kiss the stars, I would plug in my earbuds and just dance and dance like a white girl to the upbeat sound of his music while crying and smiling and feeling myself transcend through dimensions of bittersweet bliss.

I am currently writing this while playing the very first song I ever heard from him (about 7-8 years ago) on ossicle-damaging volume, I can faintly hear my mum screaming for me to tone it down, but I’m not budging because she has forgotten she did the very same thing when Whitney Houston died.  The song is called ‘Levels’ and it’s basically three minutes eighteen seconds of pure EDM (electronic dance music).

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Tim died at the young age of 28 but he had accomplished a whole lot; back to back hits, awards, countless gigs and tours. He was a Legend; He really did put the elite genre of EDM on the map, hell he made me (a dead guy from Okigwe) come to appreciate melodies and the ecstasy that comes from EDM.

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He became Avicii for the world but he really was just Timid Tim from Stockholm, Sweden. He had struggled with a lot of anxiety and he was very open about it in his documentary (Avicii : True stories). He had health problems (acute pancreatitis) from the amount of alcohol he had consumed to somehow drown the pain from being the touring, ‘always ready to party’ Avicii that the world knew and loved. He even had his gall bladder and appendix removed at some point. He finally found the courage to quit touring in 2016. He didn’t have a support system because from the documentary you can clearly see his management literally milking poor Tim.

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*Tim Bergling at a young age

We, his devout fans, thought everything was finally fine when he quit touring in 2016 but he sadly took his life while on vacation in Muscat on the 20th of April 2018. It doesn’t feel like it was two years ago. I can only imagine what was going through his mind, how he felt in those final moments.

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Yes Tim, I remember you for the life you lived, I love you, I see you, I miss you, I hope you found the peace you wanted. Legends never die, Yes, You are alive in me and in millions of people all over the world you impacted with your music.

I am thankful for Kygo for walking in your footsteps, for your family for setting up the Tim Bergling foundation to raise awareness about suicide and mental health, for ‘the beat 99.9 FM’ for putting me on to your music and for everyone making sure your flare and love for music never dies.

Till we meet again,

Rest on.

 

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10 thoughts on “Tribute to Tim: The legend, The saviour, The man.

  • April 20, 2020 at 6:50 am
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    Sighs so touching, I’m almost in tears wasn’t a biiiiiiiiigggggggg fan but I loved him and his music…..Rip Tim(Avicii)….the best thing I’ve seen today as everyone is celebrating weed…..God bless you baby girl love and light💕💓

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    • April 20, 2020 at 6:52 am
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      Thank you so much. Rip Tim🕊️💓

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  • April 20, 2020 at 7:20 am
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    I guess that makes it exactly 2years that I heard “Hey Brther” on the radio (Cool FM 95.9), don’t really know much about him, but “Hey Brother” saw me through a particular phase. He lives On. Nice one as Always babe💜

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    • April 20, 2020 at 7:21 am
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      Love that song too, Thank you Kaphy 💓💓💓 Rip Tim🕊️

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  • April 20, 2020 at 7:37 am
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    Woooow..Best Avicii read, his music is the best now more than ever.

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    • April 20, 2020 at 7:47 am
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      Yesssss, Rip Tim🕊️💓

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  • April 20, 2020 at 9:16 am
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    Up to this point, I didn’t know who Tim or Avicii was. Yeah, I’m that part from the 7 billion+ people who doesn’t know a legend as Tim toured this earth and I feel really sorry for that.
    Hey brother makes more sense now. I really hopes he rests in peace. Suicide is not as easy as it sounds. It takes more courage to take one’s life than to do a bungee jump

    He lives on…

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    • April 20, 2020 at 9:19 am
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      He lives on…. Rip Tim🕊️💓

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  • April 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    Great article
    Legendary artist
    His songs are so unique because they’re so real. Internal issues, self doubt, living a meaningful life, doing good, having hope etc.
    Sadly you can see the problems he was going through in almost all the songs. I wish he was still with us

    “And sometimes you lose and sometimes you’re shooting
    broken arrows in the dark”

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    • April 21, 2020 at 3:53 pm
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      “But I, I see the hope in your heart” loveeee that song 💓, Rip Tim🕊️ We miss you 💓💓

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