Today, it’s starting to sink in that we’ve lost one of dance music’s most precious treasures. Nothing can take the pain away completely, but it might make things a little easier to understand what Avicii had been going through over the last several years.
Avicii experienced a massive, quick rise to fame — something his body didn’t necessarily agree with. The superstar DJ/producer had been dealing with health issues for long before his unexpected passing at 28. Although cause of death remains unknown at this time, it’s possible these health issues could have played a role.
Here’s a timeline of Avicii’s health history and how it affected his tour live (via Billboard). For those who didn’t know what the producer was going through, this makes it painfully apparent there was much he was going through behind the scenes.
Avicii’s Health & Touring Struggles (via Billboard)
January 2012 – Hospitalized in New York for 11 days
-Due to acute pancreatitis,
-Usually a side-effect of heavy drinking
March 2013 – Urged to remove gallbladder
-He experienced similar issues
-Producer declined surgery to continue work on his True LP
March 2014 – Avicii Is Hospitalized in Miami
-He’d reportedly stopped drinking, but issues still flared up
-Forced to cancel performances
-Appendix and gallbladder removed
September 2014 – All performances cancelled
-Six months after surgery, he still experienced health issues
-Canceled TomorrowWorld, Las Vegas residencies and Asian tour
September 2015 – Postpones all performances for the year
-Takes time to focus on himself
“I have a great opportunity to focus on myself and spend time trying to grow up in a way I never got the chance to — normal, or as normal as it could get.”
March 2016 – Avicii announces plans to retire from touring
-Makes epic return to Ultra Music Festival
-Cites struggles on the road
August 2016 – Plays final show
-At Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel
-His last tour depicted in the documentary Avicii: True Stories
April 2018 – Avicii found dead
-Cause of death has yet to be reported
His documentary provides even more insight as to what the global superstar was going through. RIP.
Avicii: True Stories