Distressing footage shows Avicii's secret pain

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Distressing footage has emerged of DJ Avicii battling health problems in hospital, after it was revealed he tragically died by suicide.

The DJ had been suffering from chronic pancreatitis for a number of years, and passed away last Friday.

He was found dead in his hotel room in Muscat, Oman, aged just 28, and his family have since revealed that, “he really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

Now a clip, taken from his Netflix documentary, Avicii: True Stories, shows just how much the musician was struggling, as he visibly battles with his health woes. 

His family said the beloved DJ was not ‘made for the business machine he found himself in’. Source: Getty
The musician looks visibly tired as his eyes roll following his release from hospital. Source: YouTube/Avicii

Lying in a hospital bed, a team of doctors can be heard advising him that he needs to have his gallbladder removed sooner rather than later.

The video then cuts to him sitting in the back of a vehicle as his manager discusses his work load, including performing at a show the next day and completing a round of interviews.

Avicii passed away last Friday in Oman. Photo: Getty Images

Shockingly, as he’s saying “yes, sure” his eyes are rolling back and he appears physically exhausted.

The heartbroken family of the Swedish DJ — whose real name is Tim Bergling — earlier released a statement about what he had endured in the lead up to his death.

“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” their statement read.

The creator of beloved tracks ‘Hey Brother’ and ‘Levels’ passed away in Oman last week. Source: Getty

“An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.”

Avicii retired from touring in 2016. His family said he stopped because “he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music”.

“He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace,” the heartbreaking statement continued.

“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.”

The musician had a history of alcohol abuse and had battled with depression.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800


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