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Avicii – the Swedish musical genius from Stockholm, better known as Tim Bergling – is considered one of the greatest music exporters of our time. Several music publications label him as one of the DJs who popularized electronic music in the early 2010s, and from 2011 to 2015, he consistently ranked 3rd to 7th on DJ Mag’s list of the world’s top 100 DJs. However, Tim Bergling’s life came to a sudden end on April 20, 2018, in Muscat, Oman, as a result of suicide. But his music lives on like never before, and below you’ll find ten interesting facts and trivia about Avicii!

Avicii suffered from a variety of health issues…

Avicii struggled with problems related to his gallbladder and pancreas, and he underwent surgery when his appendix burst. In 2012, he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, reportedly as a result of excessive alcohol consumption, and he eventually stopped touring in 2016. In 2013, Avicii initially refused to follow his doctor’s advice to remove his gallbladder, but when his appendix burst in 2014, he agreed to undergo surgery. He later admitted that non-stop work, drinking, and neglecting his medical conditions had contributed to his breakdown, but he mentioned looking forward to taking time for upcoming music. [source]

He withdrew from touring in 2016 due to his health problems…

After his pancreatitis and gallbladder issues, Avicii decided to take a break from touring and focus solely on making music. In 2016, he permanently stepped away from the stressful world of live performances, which had become a major source of stress and poor well-being for him. “I’m more of an introverted person in general. It’s always been very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think“, Avicii reportedly said in an interview with Billboard. [source]

Avicii donated millions to feed the hungry…

Avicii was a generous philanthropist and reportedly donated over a million euros to combat hunger: a Swedish charity even tweeted their gratitude for his contribution and in memory of his passing. In 2012, he reportedly gave a million dollars in tour revenue to an organization called “Feeding America” and performed for the charity’s benefits that year. Avicii once shrugged off his generosity, saying, “I discovered when I started making money that I really didn’t need it. When you have such an excess of money, you don’t need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need“. [source]

He predicted his own death while a documentary was being filmed about his life…

In 2017, Avicii recorded a documentary for Netflix called “True Stories“, which turned out to be eerily prophetic. Regarding his retirement from touring in 2016, Avicii reportedly said, “I have told them. I’m going to die. I have said it so many times“. The documentary also described his many health issues, including how his team encouraged him to continue performing despite his condition. The documentary was released just six months before his death. [source]

His stage name refers to a Buddhist hell…

Avicii’s unique stage name originated from the glory days of MySpace. He recalled in a 2013 interview that he had heard the name from a friend. He liked it and later found out it referred to the “lowest level” of Buddhist hell. When he tried to register “Avici” as his MySpace username, Bergling found the name already taken. So, he added another “i“, and in subsequent years, he adopted the name as his stage name in the DJ world. [source]

His mother was a well-known Swedish actress…

Avicii came from a family of entertainers. His mother, Anki Lidén, is a fairly well-known Swedish actress who starred in the Oscar-nominated film “My Life as a Dog” from 1985. Lidén appeared in several other Swedish films and TV shows and has several interesting roles credited to her name, including the Swedish drama “Skeppsholmen” and the comedy “Sommaren Med Släkten” (“Summer with the Family”). [source]

He started posting his own songs on music blogs…

Avicii got his start as a DJ when, as a teenager in Sweden, he made his own house tracks and posted them in the comments section of music blogs. His relentlessness and talent reportedly caught the attention of a local club promoter, who arranged a meeting with the teenage musician. The promoter was immediately impressed, and ultimately, their working relationship helped launch Avicii’s public rise and success. [source]

Paid tribute to his Facebook followers…

When he reached two and three million followers on his official Facebook fan page, he released his tracks “Two Million” and “Three Million“. [source]

Stirred controversy at a festival in 2013 by playing acoustic versions of new songs…

At the 2013 Ultra Music Festival, fans didn’t quite get what they were expecting from Avicii. Instead of predominantly house tracks, they heard lots of acoustic versions of songs from an album that wasn’t even in stores yet. Understandably, some were upset that he didn’t deliver a typical EDM set, especially since some of the new songs featured country artists. [source]

Had peculiar musical influences…

One might think that based on his music, Avicii might have grown up listening to that genre or something similar. However, Avicii admitted he listened a lot to rock and really loved the band KISS, specifically band member Gene Simmons. [source]

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