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The DJ died on holiday in Muscat, Oman, on Friday, aged 28, and was pictured with what appeared to be an alcoholic drink in his hand on a yacht the day before.
Sources close to the DJ told TMZ that they were concerned his alcoholism had recently spiralled out of control and feared it might kill him.
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, lived off a diet of champagne at night, Bloody Marys at the airport, wine on the plane, according to an interview he gave before his death last week.
The Swedish star constantly consumed the free booze offered to him on the international DJ circuit, he told a journalist who spent time with him for a GQ magazine article.
“You are travelling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, there's free alcohol everywhere — it's sort of weird if you don't drink,” he said in the 2013 article.
He added that he drank champagne at night, Bloody Marys at the airport, wine on the plane, on repeat.
“I was so nervous,” he told the reporter about his early career.
“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.”
Avicii claimed that after suffering from “a searing pain” in his abdomen and spending eleven days in a New York hospital he cut back on drinking – but added: "I probably drink more now than I should, but I have a pace. I never drink two days in a row."
But during the interview, he downed shots, drank champagne and even showed off the special hand gesture that would signal to his team he wanted to be passed another drink behind the decks – curling his hand into the shape of the letter C.
The journalist also observes that due to his hectic lifestyle, Avicii was “subsisting on a diet of Red Bull, nicotine, and airport food”.
His friends had expressed concern about his party lifestyle and the superstar was pictured with a drink in his hand just one day before his death.
His family arrived in Oman this weekend to take his body back to Sweden after a post mortem revealed there was "no suspicious cause of death".
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