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​Avicii Believed He Was 'Going To Die' If He Did Not Stop Performing

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​Avicii Believed He Was 'Going To Die' If He Did Not Stop Performing

A chilling clip from a recent Avicii documentary has revealed that the musician believed he was 'going to die' if he did not stop performing.

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Avicii - whose real name was Tim Bergling - was found dead in Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28 at the weekend, with publicist Diana Baron confirming his death in a statement.

In the documentary, Avicii: True Stories, the Swedish DJ can be seen warning his management that his hectic touring schedule would eventually kill him.

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The documentary was made by Swedish filmmaker Levan Tsikurishvili, who was also a long-time friend of the late musician. He had filmed Avicii for four years for the project, chronicling his impressive rise to success.

The film was released in October last year, and was also released on Netflix earlier this month. However, it has since been pulled from the online streaming service following the news of Avicii's death.

Credit: Piece of Magic Entertainment
Credit: Piece of Magic Entertainment

Avicii retired from live performances back in 2016 - a decision that the documentary shows him announcing to his managers and business associates.

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"When I decided to stop, I expected something completely different. I expected support, particularly considering everything I have been through," he tells Tsikurishvili.

"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."

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According to GQ, the artist earned $250,000 (£180,000) a night when playing out sold-out shows, having once also been named one of the world's highest paid DJs by Forbes.

Avicii has in the past opened up about struggling with mental health issues, including anxiety and alcohol, and at 21 was also diagnosed with acute pancreatitis - thanks in part to excessive drinking. He was also hospitalised in 2014, and had to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In the documentary, he continues: "I have told them this: I wont be able to play anymore.

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"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."

Avicii's family have now issued a statement, thanking fans for all of the 'initiatives taken to honour' the late DJ.

The family said: "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 honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music... and moments of silence around the world.

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They added: "We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way."

Featured Image Credit: Piece of Magic Entertainment

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, avicii, Music, Music News, Documentary

Jess Hardiman
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