Avicii's death was 'predicted' by fellow DJ three years before he passed away aged 28

In the interview he warned about the risks that come with a DJ’s hectic lifestyle.

The DJ passed away yesterday in Muscat at the age of 28 after a series of problems with alcohol, including acute pancreatitis – although the circumstances around his death haven't yet been confirmed.

Laidback Luke, real name Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, told the music publication he feared for his pal's health and was worried he would join the infamous 27 club.

He said: "DJs on tour average about four hours of sleep per night, and with drinking, ­after-parties, adulation and everything…

"Unlike pop, rock or rap, they don’t tour in cycles — they're always on tour, virtually every week, sometimes every day."

Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, had booked the DJ to play at his club in Ushuaia in Ibiza.

He revealed that he was shocked when he saw how "tired" Avicii looked while dealing with his "struggles".

He said: "At that moment, I envisioned my friend, now 26, joining the infamous “27 club” of music and film stars who died at that age.

"It sounds horrible but it’s the truth, and I can’t take back the ­overwhelming sense of frustration I felt."

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The circumstances around the death of the DJ are yet to be explainedMany 27-year-old artists have died at that age from problems with alcohol or drugs, including Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.

He said: "It sounds horrible but it's the truth, and I can't take back the overwhelming sense of frustration I felt."

Fellow musician Nile Rodgers has expressed his sorrow over Avicii's passing.

Nile, who worked with Avicii – real name Tim Bergling – many times over the years, last teamed up with him at a gig three years ago.

The music veteran revealed he was devastated to find his pal was "drunk" and scolded him for putting his health at risk.

Nile told the Associated Press: "It was a little bit sad to me because he had promised me he would stop drinking, and when I saw him he was drunk that night.


"And I was like, 'Whoa. Dude. C'mon. What are you doing? What's going on? You said that that was done'.

"We did a show and I was a little upset.

"I didn't even stick around for his performance because it was breaking my heart.

"But we still had a great time. It was wonderful we were that close."

Since the announcement, pictures of the star posing with fans have emerged, with him looking happy and relaxed in the days leading up to his death.

He also spoke about his the "next stage" of his life in a poignant message before his passing, while fans have been pouring over the haunting lyrics on his songs.

In a statement confirming his death, his rep said: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

"He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.

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

"No further statements will be given."

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