Avicii lived on free alcohol and airport food in the years before his death

Avicii 'lived on free alcohol and airport food' in the years before his death
Avicii said he lived on alcohol and airport food in an interview before his death (Picture: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)

Avicii admitted to existing on a diet of alcohol, Red Bull, nicotine and airport food in an interview before his death.

The Swedish DJ confessed in a 2013 interview that he lived on the free alcohol he was offered everywhere he went, and went through a cycle of champagne, Bloody Marys and airport food.

You are travelling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, theres free alcohol everywhere—its sort of weird if you dont drink, he told GQ magazine.

Speaking about his early career, he said he leaned on alcohol to get through: I was so nervous.

I just got into a habit, because you rely on that encouragement and self-confidence you get from alcohol, and then you get dependent on it.


I probably drink more now than I should, but I have a pace. I never drink two days in a row.

IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Avicii said he was offered a lot of free alcohol during his career (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

During the interview the DJ is said to have drunk champagne and shots, while revealing his routine was to drink champagne at night, Bloody Marys at the airport and wine on the plane. The writer of the article noted he said he was subsisting on a diet of Red Bull, nicotine, and airport food.

Avicii also showed off a secret gesture hed show his team during performances, which would indicate he wanted more booze behind the decks.

Later, Avicii suffered a searing pain in his abdomen and was forced to cut down on his drinking after spending 11 days in hospital, and had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, reportedly down to his drinking.

In 2016 he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, also linked to his party lifestyle.

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, a glandular organ which lives behind the stomach. The pancreas is very important to the body because it produces key hormones, as well as aiding digestion in both the stomach and the small intestine.

File photo dated 06/06/15 of Avicii attending Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. The Swedish DJ has died in Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28, his publicist has confirmed.
Avicii later had to have his gallbladder and appendix removed due to his lifestyle (Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas / PA Wire/PA Images)

Causes of pancreatitis include drinking, smoking, direct trauma, gallstones, hypothermia, infections including mumps, tumours, high levels of blood fats, high blood calcium, some medications and anti-psychotics, and certain genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis.

The DJs body was found in Muscat, Oman, on 20 April. While the cause of death has yet to be revealed, police have said there are no criminal suspicion of death.

Aviciis death was announced in a statement from his rep, which said: It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.


His family have traveled to Oman to return his body to Sweden sometime this week.

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