Fans of Avicii are remembering the superstar DJ on the third anniversary of his death today.
The EDM star, real name Tim Berling, was one of the highest paid DJs in the world following a string of chart-topping singles before he passed away at the age of 28 in April 2018.
Even before the star’s career was cut short in its prime, Avicii was blighted by debilitating health conditions that left him unable to perform.
The Swedish producer secretly endured multiple hospitalisations and suffered with acute pancreatitis, caused in part due to his excessive drinking.
After his death, Avicii’s heartbroken family said the DJ left a note saying he ‘couldn’t go on any longer.’
The troubled star spent his final days holidaying in Oman in the idyllic beach resort of Muscat Hills.
The musician was holed up in a luxury farmhouse owned by the Sultan of Oman, surrounded by palm trees and secured with an electric gate so the musician could admit visitors or keep himself locked away at will.
After touring the world multiple times over, Avicii had sought out a more private life in his final years.
In 2016 he reached breaking point after performing at more than 800 gigs in eight years and decided to quit live gigs completely.
The star said he never liked the spotlight and had to numb his nerves with alcohol before big shows.
Due to his excessive drinking, the Levels hitmaker suffered from acute pancreatitis and had his gallbladder and appendix removed after an 11-day stay in hospital.
While Tim cherished his privacy, the kind-hearted star was happy to be pictured with his fans who approached him for photographs during his time in Muscat.
Despite his inner struggle, the star looked happy and tanned in the photos grinning next to fellow holidaymakers.
The snaps of the star are believed to be the last time he was pictured alive.
According to Swedish website Stoppa Pressarna, Tim’s family were aware of his secretly troubled state.
“The family was aware that Tim felt bad. It went up and down, but when he was in Oman, it became worse,” said a source.
“When they talked to Tim on the phone they became worried. The family realised that it was really bad and that one had to act.”
Sadly, despite one relative immediately getting on a flight to the Middle East, it was too late to save Avicii, as he’d taken his own life two hours before the plane touched down in Oman.
“It’s terrible for the family, an unusual sense of powerlessness and frustration that Tim left them in such young years,” the source added.
“It’s a big tragedy. He was really a great guy.”
News of his last phone call comes after an investigation found Avicii’s cause of death was blood loss by self-inflicted cutting wounds.
In a heartbreaking open letter penned a week after his suicide, family paid tribute to their special Tim.
Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions.
“An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.
“When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music.”
They went on: “He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.
“Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.
“Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed.
“The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you. Your family.”