In the 2017 Netflix documentary Avicii: True Stories, the Swedish DJ said he knew he was going to die if he continued performing. He famously retired from live gigs in 2016, citing health problems and alcohol abuse at the time.
"I have told them this. I won't be able to play anymore. I have said, like, 'I'm going to die.' I have said it so many times," he reportedly said in the documentary, which was released in October. "And so I don't want to hear that I should entertain the thought of doing another gig."
He then detailed the lack of support he felt when he did announce his retirement:
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.
Though the cause of his death remains unclear, a preliminary autopsy revealed there was "no criminal suspicion" in his death. His family hasn't spoken out other than to confirm Avicii's passing through a publicist and to thank fans for their continued support during this trying time.
Per CNN, his parents, sisters, and brother are in Oman this week to retrieve his body and repatriate it.
The documentary followed Avicii (whose real name was Tim Bergling) over the course of four years, including during his 2016 struggles. It appears to have since been pulled from Netflix.
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