Swedish DJ Avicii’s successful career came to an abrupt end after he was found dead on April 20 at the age of 28. The artist, whose real name is Tim Bergling, had taken the electronic dance music world by storm with such hits as “Hey Brother”, “Pure Grinding”, and “Divine Sorrow”.
Since his 2011 platinum-hit, “Levels”, Avicii had made it a point to bring awareness to serious issues like world hunger, gang violence, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking. Through performances like his 2012 House for Hunger tour, which raised $1-million for the Feeding America charity, Avicii always gave back, choosing to use his fame and notoriety to benefit those in need.
His quick rise to the top and grueling touring schedule took a toll on the artist’s mental and physical health, though. In 2012, he was hospitalized for nearly two weeks with acute pancreatitis due to his excessive drinking. After releasing his sophomore album “Stories” in 2015, directing two music videos, “Pure Grinding” and “For A Better Day” which highlighted violence by gangs and human trafficking, and embarking on a worldwide tour that amassed him a fortune of $19-million, the DJ decided to take a break from touring to focus on his health.
In March 2016, Avicii performed for the last time at club Ushuaia on Ibiza, telling fans that he wouldn’t return to touring for a very long time. Although he never toured again before his death, he did write in a 2017 message to his fans that he had returned to the studio and that although his live performances were finished, it wasn’t the end of Avicii.
Throughout his career, Avicii gave millions to multiple causes, such as the Swedish charity Radiohjalpen, the FEED Foundation, (RED)’s Global Fund, and his own nonprofit organization, House for Hunger, which he co-founded with his manager, Ash Pournouri.
Although the DJ’s cause of death is unknown, a letter released by his family led fans to believe that he had taken his own life. They said that the stress Avicii had endured during his busy career had led to multiple mental and physical health problems that the musician was unable to overcome. Despite it all, music was still a major part of his life right up until the end.