Avicii retires from live performance in emotional letter to fans

Avicii On The BCBS Performance Stage

During a recent coast-to-coast drive across the U.S. EDM superstar Avicii realized that the time had come to make a major change in his life.

"Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way," he wrote in a long note to fans. "It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I'd been struggling with for a while."

The Swedish star, born Tim Bergling, struggled with health issues over the past few years, canceling a series of shows in 2014 after suffering from the lingering effects of having his gall bladder and appendix removed.

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In a Reddit AMA in October, Avicii said it was "highly likely" he'd release a follow-up to his 2015 album, Stories, this year. In his letter to fans he noted that while he will retire from the road, he will continue to make music.

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Avicii retires from live performance in emotional letter to fans
DJ Avicii spins at Marquee on June 17, 2010 in New York City. *** Local Caption ***
Avicii performs at Ultra Music Festival at Bicentennial Park on March 26, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by David Rojas/FilmMagic)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 05: DJ Avicii performs at The Fillmore on January 5, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Avicii attends his benefit for Feeding America at LAVO on January 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 17: Tim Bergling aka Avicii performs during the 2012 Buku Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World on March 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 24: Avicii is joined by Madonna at Day Two of Ultra Music Festival 14 at Bayfront Park on March 24, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 24: Avicii is joined by Madonna at Day Two of Ultra Music Festival 14 at Bayfront Park on March 24, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 16: DJ Cazzette opens up for Avicii at Ovation Hall at Revel Resort & Casino on June 16, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/Getty Images for Revel)
CANNES, FRANCE - AUGUST 07: AVICII (Tim Bergling) performs during the AVICII Party at Le Palais Club on August 7, Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Avicii sighting on the streets of Manhattan on September 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: DJ/Producer Avicii (aka Tim Bergling) performs during the Beyond Wonderland Electronic Music Festival at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Manager Ash Pournouri and DJ Avicii (R) arrive at Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's 2013 GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 21: Avicii performs at his House For Hunger Party at a private residence on March 21, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 13: Avicii performs on stage on Day 13 of iTunes Festival 2013 at The Roundhouse on September 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Avicii performs on stage at Earls Court on February 21, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Caitlin Mogridge/Redferns via Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs onstage during the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Music Center on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Tim Bergling aka Avicii attends the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: Tim Bergling aka DJ Avicii backstage during Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Avicii visits SiriusXM Studios on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 19: DJ Avicii (C) backstage at the Ultra Music Festival 2016 on March 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/WireImage)

"My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I'm grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me," he said, thanking the fans, family, peers, partners and longtime manger Arash "Ash" Pournouri for their support over the years. "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.

"I will however never let go of music - I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I've decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let's make them go out with a bang!"

He's not hanging up his rig just yet, though. Avicii is slated to perform at the UK leg of the Electric Daisy Festival in Milton Keynes in July, Belfast's Boucher Playing Fields on August 26 and, as of now, his final scheduled gig at the Creamfields festival on August 27.

But don't toss out all your kandi bracelets just yet, because he also ended with a note of hope...; maybe. "One part of me can never say never," he wrote. "I could be back...; but I won't be right back."

Click here to read the full text of Avicii's note.

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