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Avicii dead: Tim Bergling's battle with health problems that led to him quitting touring

The Swedish DJ had his appendix and gallbladder removed 

Jack Shepherd
Saturday 21 April 2018 09:00 BST
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Swedish DJ Avicii dies aged twenty-eight

Avicii had been suffering from health problems severe enough to stop the Swedish musician touring.

The Swedish musician – real name Tim Bergling – was found dead on Friday in Oman at the age of 28. The cause of death has not been revealed.

A documentary titled Avicii: True Stories was released last year, detailing Bergling’s battle with his acute pancreatitis, initially brought on by excessive stress and drinking.

The DJ – known for hits such as “Wake Me Up” and “Waiting for Love” – had both his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, leading to several cancelled shows.

Two years later, following a hit-laiden show at 2016’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Bergling announced his official retirement from touring altogether.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter later that year, he gave a candid interview about how the electronic music scene was “not for” him.

“It’s been a very crazy journey,” he continued. ”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. It came with a price – a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”

​Bergling’s publicist confirmed the producer’s death in a 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.”

The official cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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