Avicii claimed he’d warned management ‘so many times’ he was ‘going to die’ if he didn’t stop touring, a new documentary has revealed.
The late Swedish DJ said he was pressured to continue gigging after he decided to quit live shows in 2016 following several struggles with anxiety and alcoholism, among other things.
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After performing 813 shows in the space of eight years, The Mirror reports the eery prediction was made in a documentary about his life.
In the 2016 film Avicii: True Stories, he said:
I have told them this. I won’t be able to play anymore. I have said, like, I’m going to die. I have said it so many times. And so I don’t want to hear that I should entertain the thought of doing another gig.
When I decided to stop, I expected something completely different.
I expected support, particularly considering everything I have been through.
I have been very open with everyone I work with, and everyone who knows me.
Everyone knows that I’ve had anxiety and that I have tried. I did not expect that people would try to pressure me into doing more gigs.
They have seen how ill I have felt by doing it, but I had a lot of push-back when I wanted to stop doing gigs.
Avicii was a world-famous artist with hits including Levels, Hey Brother, and Wake Me Up.
He was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday 20 April, leaving fans around the world in mourning.
A statement released by his reps read:
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.
The family has now released a statement to Variety, which reads:
We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs.
Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honour Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.
We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. With love, the Tim Bergling Family.
The cause of his death remains unknown but according to Sky News, a source said two post-mortem examinations have been conducted and there is ‘no criminal suspicion of death’.
The performer reportedly suffered from acute pancreatitis, allegedly brought on by ‘heavy drinking’ and had both his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2016.
He first rose to fame after winning a production competition organised by Pete Tong in 2008. Three years later his song Levels took the industry by storm.
He would go on to command £180,000 a night on a worldwide arena tour, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the EDM world.
Avicii worked along side Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Nile Rodgers and David Guetta.