Authorities are ruling out “criminal suspicion” in the death of superstar DJ Avicii, who died last week while vacationing in Oman.
Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead Friday in the Omani capital of Muscat. A cause of death has not been released.
In a documentary titled “Avicii: True Stories,” released in October last year, he had also repeatedly warned that the touring lifestyle was going to kill him — but that he was being pressured to continue.
Made by the DJ’s long-time friend Levan Tsikurishvili, the documentary followed Bergling’s life for four years, including his decision to quit touring in March 2016, according to The Daily Mail.
He continued, “I have been very open with everyone I work with, and everyone who knows me … When I decided to stop, I expected something completely different. I expected support, particularly considering everything I have been through. 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.”
On Friday, his publicist Diana Baron announced Avicii’s death in a statement, saying: “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 DJ had suffered in the past from acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, and subsequently canceled a series of shows in an attempt to recover.
Despite not touring for nearly two years, Avicii released an EP in 2017 and was reported to have a net worth of $85 million at the time of his death.
Avicii retired from touring 2016 after playing more than 800 shows around the globe, citing anxiety and exhaustion. In a 2013 interview with Time magazine, he admitted that for a time he was “drinking way too much [and] partying in general way too much.” He said that his first bout of pancreatitis at 21 forced him to do a “180 and stop drinking.”