As the world comes to terms with another tragic early loss of a loved musician in the passing of Avicii, further details surrounding the DJ’s premature death are coming to light.
While people are expressing shock at the death of Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, at the age of 28, his global success was known by many to have been built on an intense work schedule, which included excessive touring and alcohol consumption.
His fellow DJ friend Laidback Luke – Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen – spoke about Avicii’s stresses in 2015, predicting the artist’s death would take place in his late twenties.
The Dutch-Filipino DJ and producer wrote a 2016 op-ed in Billboard saying:
The first few years of heavy touring can have a major impact on a person’s life, health and sanity.
DJs on tour average about four hours of sleep per night, and with drinking, afterparties, adulation and everything that comes with it, it’s easy to lose oneself.
While many dream of a celebrity lifestyle performing and partying professionally, Luke expressed in painful detail the reality that took its toll on Avicii.
They make many new friends – at least for the moment – and some find another new friend: alcohol or whichever vice helps them deal with feeling displaced all the time.
Early deaths of musicians is sadly not a new phenomenon. Throughout the history of modern music iconic figures have passed in each decade, from Jimi Hendrix in the 70s, Kurt Cobain in the 90s to the loss of Amy Winehouse in 2011.
Yet Avicii’s death brings to attention the demand put on electronic music performers, and Laidback Luke eerily predicted like many others, he too would join the ’27 club’.
The pressures of being on the road as a DJ are constant and relentless. Unlike pop, rock or rap, they don’t tour in cycles — they’re always on tour, virtually every week, sometimes every day.
Speaking about a meeting with Avicii in Ibiza in 2015, Luke said Avicii ‘looked terrible’, adding ‘and that’s when it dawned on me. This wonderful and talented kid might not overcome his struggles.’
Hauntingly Luke predicted:
At that moment, I envisioned my friend, now 26, joining the infamous “27 club” of music and film stars who died at that age. It sounds horrible but it’s the truth, and I can’t take back the overwhelming sense of frustration I felt.
Avicii was found dead yesterday (Friday April 20) in Muscat, Oman, after years of battling health issues.
The world-famous musician had been vacationing at a luxury beach resort with a group of friends.
A statement released by his reps reads:
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.
The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.
Fellow musicians have since taken to social media to post their reactions at the loss of the much-loved musician.
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 (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) April 20, 2018
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018
Our thoughts are with Avicii’s family and friends at this painful time.
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Tim Horner is a sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated with a BA Journalism from University College Falmouth before most his colleagues were born. A previous editor of adult mags, he now enjoys bringing the tone down in the viral news sector.