Legal documents have revealed that the late DJ Avicii, who died in April, left his entire fortune of around £20 million ($25.3m) to his parents.
The musician – who was actually called Tim Bergling – was found dead in a luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman, on 20 April 2018 after taking his own life.
Now, documents filed in his home country, Sweden, show that the entirety of his wealth – reported to be around 231m Swedish krona – has been given to Klas Bergling and Anki Lidén, his mum and dad.
Avicii in 2016. Credit: PA
In accordance with the laws of Sweden, because Bergling was an unmarried man with no children, and also because he had no last will and testament, his wealth automatically passes to his parents following his tragic death.
The figure given to his parents is what is left of his personal estate following the payment of his debts.
The documents from the Swedish Tax Agency noted that a debt of around 96.5m krona (£8.42m / $10.7m) was owed by Avicii in the USA, and a debt of 841,330 krona (£73,400 / $93,000) was owed in Canada.
All of these debts were paid before his parents received the inheritance.
During his short career, it is thought that Avicii amassed a great deal of money from playing lucrative DJ sets. Reports suggest that he was being paid $250,000 per show, according to reports in GQ.
However, despite earning a huge fortune, it is also thought that he was not particularly interested in earning or possessing vast amounts of money.
Tim Bergling, the DJ known as Avicii. Credit: PA
In an interview in 2013, Bergling said that he had “noticed straight away when I started making money, that I don’t need that much money.”
During his short life – Bergling died at the age of 28 – he also did a huge amount of charity work and gave a lot of money to causes that he cared about.
In 2012 he gifted his entire earnings from a US tour to the charity Feeding America. That sum totalled more than $1m.
He also famously gifted 1m euros to the Swedish aid charity Radiohjälpen in 2013.
In the years leading up to his death he retired from touring due to problems with alcohol misuse and mental health issues.
Once he died, his family released a poignant statement about how Bergling felt as if he could no longer go on living.
It read: “He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”