In the wake of the April 20 death of Avicii, fans are uncovering chilling details about the Swedish DJ's past in his Netflix documentary, Avicii: True Stories. In the documentary, the musician, born Tim Bergling, reportedly said he was pressured to continue performing in spite of his declining health.
Avicii didn't call out anyone in particular, it seems, but said he repeatedly informed the people around him of his struggles. "I have told them this," the 28-year-old reportedly said in the documentary. "I won't be able to play anymore. I have said, like, 'I'm going to die.' I have said it so many times. And so I don't want to hear that I should entertain the thought of doing another gig."
He continued, "I have been very open with everyone I work with, and everyone who knows me … When I decided to stop, I expected something completely different. I expected support, particularly considering everything I have been through. 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."
The film — which was only released in European theaters in October before jumping to Netflix in Europe this month — was meant to show the hardships Avicii faced, according to director Levan Tsikurishvili. "I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii," Levan said in a press release. "Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim's struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram."
Avicii retired from performing in 2016, telling fans he'd been grappling with anxiety, stress, and health issues — including a bout of acute pancreatitis, which he attributed to his excessive drinking. On April 20, the Grammy-nominated deejay was found dead in Muscat, Oman. A cause of death hasn't been released, but the Royal Oman Police have ruled out criminal suspicion.
Meanwhile, Avicii's family has released the following statement: "We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs. Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella, and moments of silence around the world. We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way."