Fans are still reeling from the sudden death of Sweedish electronic dance music superstar Avicii at the age of 28 on April 20 just two short years after he announced his retirement from live performing.
His struggles with fame were well-known in the industry and despite successes most artists would dream of, Avicii’s personal health struggles caused him to step back from the exhausting lifestyle of constant touring in 2016 at the young age of 26.
The legendary EDM DJ told The Hollywood Reporter that he was at peace with his retirement back in 2016.
“I’m happier, more stress-free than I’ve been in a long time,” he revealed of his surprise decision to quit performing live.
He announced his retirement from live touring in a letter posted on his official website.
“Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way,” he penned.
“It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.”
In the THR interview, Avicii remarked that he was afraid of disappointing his fan base by his sudden decision to retire.
“I was nervous when I made the announcement,” he said in 2016.
“Mainly that I would look ungrateful. The fan response has been incredible. And even the press response has been incredible. So yeah, it’s been a lot better than I expected.”
Avicii then made a stunning and shocking declaration.
“I just feel happy. I feel free at this point.
“Like I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time in a long time,” he said to THR.
“This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I’m happier than I have been in a very, very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time.”
Prior to his retirement, Avicii suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis.
He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
Avicii’s two mainstream crossover hits such as “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” earned two Grammy nominations.
“It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into it 100 percent,” the late DJ reflected in 2016.
“When I look back on my life, I think, ‘Whoa, did I do that?’ It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price — a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me — but it was the best journey of my life.”
As of press time, no further information regarding Avicii’s cause of death has been revealed.