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  • Swedish DJ Avicii gained worldwide recognition in the electronic dance music scene with hits

  • such as "Levels" and "Wake Me Up."

  • With two Grammy nominations under his belt and millions of albums sold, the 28-year-old

  • Aviciireal name Tim Berglingwas poised to continue hitting the top of the

  • charts for a long time to come.

  • But his sudden passing on April 20th, 2018, cut his impressive career short and left the

  • music world stunned.

  • Here is the untold truth of Avicii.

  • Hard living

  • Avicii suffered quite a few health issues over the years, especially for someone so young.

  • In his documentary, Avicii: True Stories, which screened in select theaters in 2017,

  • Avicii opened up about his struggle with acute pancreatitis — a condition that caused him

  • significant physical pain.

  • According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of acute pancreatitis often appear unexpectedly

  • and can last for days.

  • Avicii was first diagnosed with acute pancreatitis in 2012, after being hospitalized in New York.

  • According to Billboard, the condition was reportedly caused by the artist's heavy drinking.

  • Following further health complications, Avicii, who had allegedly stopped drinking alcohol,

  • had surgeries to remove his gallbladder and appendix in 2014.

  • However, problems resulting from the surgeries later caused him to cancel shows that same year.

  • Avicii passed away in Muscat, Oman on the afternoon of April 20th, 2018, from unknown

  • causes.

  • His publicist released the one and only statement the family plans to give:

  • "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."

  • As of the making of this video, it is unknown if Avicii's past health issues had anything

  • to do with his passing, but authorities have ruled out any foul play.

  • Touring retirement

  • At a time when most people are still figuring out what they want to do in life, Avicii decided

  • to put a stop to a major part of his successful career when he was just 26 years old.

  • Despite being one of the highest paid DJs in the world, Avicii announced that he was

  • retiring from touring in a lengthy post on his website in March 2016.

  • Thanking his fans for their support and his team for its hard work, he wrote,

  • "Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just

  • look and see and think about things in a new way.

  • It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I'd been struggling

  • with for a while."

  • Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter that same year, Avicii explained he'd retired from touring

  • in order to focus on his health, noting that he'd often take on "too much negative energy"

  • while on the road.

  • Avicii detailed some of this negativity to Rolling Stone in September 2017, saying,

  • "Parties can be amazing, but it's very easy to become too attached to partying in places

  • like Ibiza . You become lonely and get anxieties.

  • It becomes toxic."

  • Beginning of something new

  • Though Avicii was over traveling the world on tour, he hadn't given up on his music career.

  • In 2017, he shared on his website that he'd gone, quote, "back to the place where it all

  • made sensethe studio."

  • He explained,

  • "The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys.

  • It is the beginning of something new.

  • Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do."

  • That August, Avicii released a new six-track EP.

  • As noted by Variety, the EP was to be the first of three installments that would make

  • up his next record, which Avicii vowed would be the, quote, "best damn album" of his career.

  • Just days before his passing, the EP was nominated for a 2018 Billboard Music Award for best

  • dance/electronic album.

  • Avicii tweeted "Thanks for the nomination!" after learning the news, adding a prayer hands

  • emoji to the post.

  • When Avicii announced the EP, he told fans he had finally found his purpose:

  • "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."

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The Untold Truth Of Avicii

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    Kate Chang posted on 2018/04/26
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