A new picture shows Avicii relaxing with friends on a yacht, mere hours before his death.
The gifted 28-year-old DJ can be seen sitting back between two male friends, giving a peace sign with one hand and holding a drink with the other.
It is not clear whether the drink contained alcohol or not. Back in 2015, Avicii – real name Tim Bergling – said he had given up alcohol after suffering acute pancreatitis.
According to TMZ, the photograph was taken in Muscat, Oman on Thursday, close to the Muscat Hills Resort where the world famous Swedish DJ had been staying.
— jenifer (@jenifer917) April 22, 2018
Avicii had long been open with fans about his health concerns. In 2013, he explained to Time magazine how his acute pancreatitis had been partially caused by heavy drinking:
I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much. Then I got a pancreatitis attack [at 21], which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.
I can still party. I just—I can be sober and party. It’s all a learning experience. I’ve gone out partying sober and I’ve met my new girlfriend from day one sober, and I’ve done everything sober.
And I see how drunk everyone else is and I feel like, I kind of like not being hungover tomorrow.
avicii had acute pancreatitis so he had to quit all the drugs and alcohol shit, avicii had numbers of health illnesses that kept him from drinking and doing drugs, his cause of death hasn’t been released so stop jumping to conclusions that drugs are what killed him, he was on
— cassius (@hcllbxy) April 22, 2018
In 2014, Avicii cancelled a number of gigs while he recovered from the removal of his gallbladder and appendix.
He retired from music in 2016, but returned in 2017 with his smash hit collaboration with Rita Ora, Lonely Together.
Remind yourself of Avicii’s enormous musical talent below:
Prior to his death, Avicii appeared to be looking forward to a new chapter in his life, writing the following message to fans on his website:
We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters the most to us.
For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.
Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music.
Seeing all these Avicii tribute videos and live sets makes me both happy and sad.
— The Rave Chronicles (@RaveChronicles) April 22, 2018
Although details surrounding Avicii’s death remain unclear and unconfirmed, his representatives have given the following statement:
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.
Police officers say there is no suspicion of any criminality linked with Avicii’s death. His brother David Bergling has reportedly now flown over to Oman in search of answers.
Sooooo wish I had seen Avicii live??
— Eilidh ?? (@eilidhgerrie_) April 22, 2018
Our thoughts are with the family of Tim Bergling at this difficult time.
So I went out for a drink tonight and they're playing "Wake Me Up" by Avicii.
Why am I crying in the club right now?
— JΛKE BUCKLEY ?? (@TheMasterBucks) April 21, 2018
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.