World renowned DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman at 28. He was known for such hits has ‘Hey Brother’ and ‘Wake Me Up’
While the cause of death still remains a mystery, the star has been open about his health struggles in the past which included pancreatitis caused by alcohol abuse.
2013 was the first indication that he had been battling poor health. During a visit to Australia to headline the Future Music Festival, he spent six days in a Brisbane hospital but refused any form of surgery and opted to finish the tour. Then in 2014, Avicii went into surgery to remove his gallbladder and appendix. Then, in 2016 Avicii announced his retirement in the live circuit but continued making music in the studio.
It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 per cent,
When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense.
Quote from Billboard magazine 2016.
Avicii described his alcoholism as stemming from being an introverted person, struggling being in the spotlight. He was the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary Avicii: True Stories, “the untold story behind the artist” which tracks his lightning-fast rise to fame following his 2010 hit Levels. It also delves into his struggles of touring being one of the world’s most in-demand DJs.
Calvin Harris, Madonna and more have expressed their sadness and condolences on Social Media.
“Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x” Calvin Harris Via Twitter
“No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away….
Thoughts go out to his family and friends…” Zedd Via Twitter