Rita Ora tears up during tribute to late friend Avicii

Olivia Morris
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Last week, Swedish DJ Avicii — real name Tim Bergling —was found dead in his hotel room while holidaying in Muscat, Oman.

Fellow music star Rita Ora and friend of the late DJ got extremely emotional on Friday during a tribute to the 28-year-old whilst taking to the stage at 538Koningsdag Festival in the Netherlands.

The singer teared up on stage as she took a moment to have one minute silence in honour of her late friend.

Rita Ora struggled to hold her tears at bay as she paid tribute to Avicii on Friday. Source: Twitter / 538 Festival
Avicii passed away on Friday, April 20 at the age of 28. Source: Getty

The 28-year-old referred to Avicii as one of her “dearest friends” as she took to the stage to perform the track they collaborated on together in 2017, Lonely Together.

Struggling to keep the tears at bay, Rita performed her heart out receiving a massive round of applause from the audience.

Avicii had been suffering from chronic pancreatitis for a number of years, and passed away on Friday, 20 April.

The heartbroken family of the Swedish DJ released a statement about what he had endured in the lead up to his death.

His family said the beloved DJ was not ‘made for the business machine he found himself in’. Source: Getty

“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” their statement read.

“An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.”

Avicii retired from touring in 2016. His family said he stopped because “he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music”.

The creator of beloved tracks ‘Hey Brother’ and ‘Levels’ passed away in Oman last week. Source: Getty

“He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace,” the heartbreaking 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.”

The musician had a history of alcohol abuse and had battled with depression.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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