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RIP: EDM DJ-Producer Avicii Dead at 28

(Rolling Stone) Tim Bergling, the Swedish EDM DJ and producer known as Avicii, died Friday at the age of 28, his representative confirmed. A cause of death was not immediately revealed. One of EDM’s most popular acts, Bergling found crossover success with his 2011 hit “Levels,” an Etta James-sampling smash that went platinum in the United States and topped the singles charts in dozens of countries. “Wake Me Up” followed two years later, with the Aloe Blacc-featuring single peaking at Number Four on the Hot 100.

Bergling released a pair of albums, 2013’s True and 2015’s Stories, before the DJ announced in 2016 that he would retire from touring.

(Yahoo) January 2012 the DJ was hospitalized for 11 days with acute pancreatitis, reportedly due to excessive drinking. In March 2013, Avicii’s condition resurfaced, and although doctors advising to remove his gallbladder, he refused, due to his heavy work schedule. Although Avicii stopped drinking in March 2014, his appendix burst. The event caused the DJ to agree to remove his gallbladder, but he maintained the hectic pace of his work.

“I took a month off, but it wasn’t really a month off,” he told Billboard. “I was in the studio 12 hours a day, and then went right back to touring. It’s hard to say no in this industry. You want to play everything and be everywhere.”

Avicii ultimately retired in 2016, telling The Hollywood Reporter of his decision. “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. I can’t say I’m never going to have a show again. I just don’t think I’m going to go back to the touring life.”

So what is pancreatitis? The condition occurs when the pancreas, the organ that aids digestion and glucose production, becomes inflamed, causing abdominal pain and vomiting. “The purpose of the pancreas is to secrete enzymes to help us digest food,” Allison Mayoral, patient central manager at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “However, when the enzymes become active inside the pancreas before reaching the small intestine, it can damage the cells and cause inflammation.”