In his 2017 documentary “Avicii: True Stories,” the Swedish DJ opened up about his anxieties related to performing.
Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, said, “I have been very open with everyone I work with and everyone who knows me. Everyone knows that I have 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. I have told them this. I won’t be able to play anymore,” Avicii emphasized. “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.”
He added, “It [touring] got to a point where it was too much. I don't really like being the center of attention."
In 2016, Avicii announced his retirement from touring. At the time, the EDM producer told fans on his website, “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."
He told Billboard about his tough decision, saying, “To me it was something I had to do for my health The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I'm more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
An autopsy has been performed on the DJ, who died at 28 last week. The cause of his death has not been revealed.
Years before his sudden passing, Avicii suffered from acute pancreatitis. He was also forced to cancel a 2014 show to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.