Swedish DJ and producer Avicii was just 28 when he was found dead onÂ Friday (April 20). He hadÂ long suffered from health issues, undergoing hospitalizations and forced set cancellations until he retired from touring in 2016.
His music will be his legacy, a life dedicated to spreading joy through major chords and uplifting rhythms that exponentially grewÂ electronic dance music’s popularity worldwide. He was an instrumental inspiration to many of today’s brightest stars, and he struggled all the while.
Today, we take a closer look at his health history.
January 2012: Avicii Is Hospitalized in New York for 11 Days
Avicii’sÂ health issues began in January 2012, when the DJ and producer was hospitalized in New York City with acute pancreatitis, a side-effect of heavy drinking. He was in the hospital for 11 days.
March 2013: AviciiÂ Is Urged to Remove His Gallbladder
About a year after his incident in New York City, Avicii was again sent to the hospital for similar issues while on tour in Australia. Doctors urged Avicii to undergo gallbladder removal surgery, but the producer declined, choosing instead to continue working on hisÂ debutÂ LPÂ True.Â The album was released in September of that year and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top Dance/Electronic AlbumsÂ chart for six weeks.
March 28, 2014: Avicii Is Hospitalized in Miami
Though the media reported thatÂ Avicii had stopped drinking, his issues flaredÂ seven days after he released a remix version of his LP True, featuring his own remixes of the album’s tracks.Â AviciiÂ wasÂ hospitalized in Miami for a blocked gallbladder andÂ was forced to cancel scheduled performances at the SLS Hotel, which had undergone a complete Avicii takeover,Â and his headlining set at Ultra Music Festival. Alesso took his spot at SLS, whileÂ rival deadmau5Â took his slot at Ultra. AviciiÂ blamed the reaction on his nonstop tour schedule.Â
“My fans know that I have had issues in the past with my stomach and pancreatitis,” he wrote on social media. “I woke up on Wednesday morning with serious pain but I flew to Miami anyway, hoping that it would go away. The pain was still there when I landed so I went straight to hospital. I was treated and left later that night. Unfortunately, the pain came back yesterday afternoon and I returned to the hospital where they admitted me to stay overnight.”
In the hospital, he learned that not only had his pancreatitis returned, but his appendix has burst. He underwent surgery to have his appendix and gallbladder removed, though heÂ returned to touring as soon as possible.
September 8, 2014: AviciiÂ Cancels All Performances
Six months after his surgery, Avicii continued to suffer from lingering health issues and was forced to cancel all forthcoming performances, includingÂ his headlining slot at TomorrowWorld, Las Vegas residencies at XS and Encore Beach Club, and a scheduled Asian tour in October.
September 2, 2015: AviciiÂ Postpones All Performances for the Year
In May 2015, he broke his musical silence with a new song and video called “Feeling Good,” but four months later, he once again was forced to postpone all the year’s remaining performances. Representatives cited the pressures of finalizing his sophomore albumÂ Stories,Â released a month later,Â and his directorial debut onÂ music videos for “For a Better Day” and “Pure Grinding.” His teamÂ also promised a larger tour to come.
â€śI look forward to keep being innovative with my team in leading a bigger change than just with my music,” AviciiÂ was quoted.Â “In moving my tour promotional responsibilities to next year, 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. My team, label and family have encouraged me to do that and I realize not many in my position get that opportunity.”
March 29, 2016: Avicii Announces His Plan to Retire From the Road
After a creative road trip with friends, during which he wrote many new songs that would appear on his 2017 EPÂ AvÄ«ci (01),Â the producer and DJ announced that he planned to retire from touring indefinitely. The news was shocking in the wake of his triumphant return to Ultra Music Festival. He noted his struggles with life on the road, his introverted nature and desire to spend more time creating in the studio. He thanked his fans, family, peers, partners andÂ longtime mangerÂ ArashÂ “Ash”Â PournouriÂ for their support and promised a final tour as a farewell to fans.
“My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although Iâ€™m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me,” he wrote. “I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist. I will however never let go of music — I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but Iâ€™ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Letâ€™s make them go out with a bang!”
August 28, 2016: Avicii Plays His Last Show
He capped nearly a decade of touring with a final performance atÂ UshuaĂŻaÂ Ibiza Beach Hotel, thanking fans and friends on social media for their support in his decision. The final tour was depicted in the documentaryÂ Avicii: True Stories, released more than a year later in September 2017.
April 20, 2018: Avicii Is Found Dead
Avicii’s team confirmed that the producer was found dead Friday morning (April 20) while inÂ Muscat, Oman. The cause of death has yet to be reported. Despite his struggles, artists and fans remember him as an influential beacon of creativity and positivity.