Avicii's health struggles: A timeline

Swedish DJ and producer Avicii was just 28 when he was found dead on Friday (April 20). He had long suffered from health issues, undergoing hospitalizations and forced set cancellations until he retired from touring in 2016.

His music will be his legacy, a life dedicated to spreading joy through major chords and uplifting rhythms that exponentially grew electronic dance music's popularity worldwide. He was an instrumental inspiration to many of today's brightest stars, and he struggled all the while.

Today, we take a closer look at his health history.

January 2012: Avicii Is Hospitalized in New York for 11 Days

Avicii's health issues began in January 2012, when the DJ and producer was hospitalized in New York City with acute pancreatitis, a side-effect of heavy drinking. He was in the hospital for 11 days.

March 2013: Avicii Is Urged to Remove His Gallbladder

About a year after his incident in New York City, Avicii was again sent to the hospital for similar issues while on tour in Australia. Doctors urged Avicii to undergo gallbladder removal surgery, but the producer declined, choosing instead to continue working on his debut LP True. The album was released in September of that year and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart for six weeks.

March 28, 2014: Avicii Is Hospitalized in Miami

Though the media reported that Avicii had stopped drinking, his issues flared seven days after he released a remix version of his LP True, featuring his own remixes of the album's tracks. Avicii was hospitalized in Miami for a blocked gallbladder and was forced to cancel scheduled performances at the SLS Hotel, which had undergone a complete Avicii takeover, and his headlining set at Ultra Music Festival. Alesso took his spot at SLS, while rival deadmau5 took his slot at Ultra. Avicii blamed the reaction on his nonstop tour schedule. 

"My fans know that I have had issues in the past with my stomach and pancreatitis," he wrote on social media. "I woke up on Wednesday morning with serious pain but I flew to Miami anyway, hoping that it would go away. The pain was still there when I landed so I went straight to hospital. I was treated and left later that night. Unfortunately, the pain came back yesterday afternoon and I returned to the hospital where they admitted me to stay overnight."

In the hospital, he learned that not only had his pancreatitis returned, but his appendix has burst. He underwent surgery to have his appendix and gallbladder removed, though he returned to touring as soon as possible.

Avicii through his career
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Avicii through his career
DJ Avicii spins at Marquee on June 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 01: In this handout photo provided by (RED) Avicii poses backstage for DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES during Stereosonic 2012 at Melbourne Showgrounds on December 1, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kane Hibberd/(RED) via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: DJ Avicii performs during mPowering Action, a global mobile youth movement at Grammy Week launch, featuring performances by Timbaland and Avicii at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Tribal Brands)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Avicii performs at the MLB Fan Cave on October 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Tim Bergling attends a basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: General views outside Avicii Hotel where Avicii was scheduled to perform but cancelled last minute and was reportedly taken to the hopsital at SLS South Beach on March 27, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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 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)
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.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: DJ Avicii poses with TJX Rewards (R) Platinum MasterCard Card holders at the MasterCard Lounge at Westwood One Backstage on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCard)
Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and singer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii' performs at the Sziget music festival on the Hajogyar Island of Budapest on August 14, 2015. This cultural event takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube river, in the heart of Budapest. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Avicii attends the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on June 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: DJ Avicii backstage at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. iHeartRadio Music Awards are being broadcast live on NBC. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Recording artist Avicii accepts the Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist award onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

September 8, 2014: Avicii Cancels All Performances

Six months after his surgery, Avicii continued to suffer from lingering health issues and was forced to cancel all forthcoming performances, including his headlining slot at TomorrowWorld, Las Vegas residencies at XS and Encore Beach Club, and a scheduled Asian tour in October.

September 2, 2015: Avicii Postpones All Performances for the Year

In May 2015, he broke his musical silence with a new song and video called "Feeling Good," but four months later, he once again was forced to postpone all the year's remaining performances. Representatives cited the pressures of finalizing his sophomore album Stories, released a month later, and his directorial debut on music videos for "For a Better Day" and "Pure Grinding." His team also promised a larger tour to come.

“I look forward to keep being innovative with my team in leading a bigger change than just with my music," Avicii was quoted. "In moving my tour promotional responsibilities to next year, I have a great opportunity to focus on myself and spend time trying to grow up in a way I never got the chance to -- normal, or as normal as it could get. My team, label and family have encouraged me to do that and I realize not many in my position get that opportunity."

March 29, 2016: Avicii Announces His Plan to Retire From the Road

After a creative road trip with friends, during which he wrote many new songs that would appear on his 2017 EP Avīci (01), the producer and DJ announced that he planned to retire from touring indefinitely. The news was shocking in the wake of his triumphant return to Ultra Music Festival. He noted his struggles with life on the road, his introverted nature and desire to spend more time creating in the studio. He thanked his fans, family, peers, partners and longtime manger Arash "Ash" Pournouri for their support and promised a final tour as a farewell to fans.

"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 wrote. "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!"

August 28, 2016: Avicii Plays His Last Show

He capped nearly a decade of touring with a final performance at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, thanking fans and friends on social media for their support in his decision. The final tour was depicted in the documentary Avicii: True Stories, released more than a year later in September 2017.

April 20, 2018: Avicii Is Found Dead

Avicii's team confirmed that the producer was found dead Friday morning (April 20) while in Muscat, Oman. The cause of death has yet to be reported. Despite his struggles, artists and fans remember him as an influential beacon of creativity and positivity.

Stars react to Avicii's untimely death:

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Stars react to Avicii's death at 28
“Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.” Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them. For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend. Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again. I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts. Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real 💔 #ripavicii #avicii @avicii
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My hear… https://t.co/v4kho3FXmq
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talk… https://t.co/FGgZg33Pj0
I was just told my dear friend Tim @avicii just passed away. Please let this be a hoax. If not #RIPAVICII one of the best natural melody...
Devastated hearing the sad news of @Avicii passing. 😭 Such a sweet soul with a big heart & incredible talent. So many amazing memories together. My thoughts & prayers are with his family. Rest In Peace my friend🙏
RIP Tim. You were a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit. Fond memories of creating music w @Avicii and… https://t.co/GPptw0J2yQ
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away....💔 Thoughts go out to his family and friends...
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
can't really describe in words how sad I feel right now.. thank you for inspiring me and millions others. RIP @avicii 😔❤️
Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young ... what a talent he was. rest in peace x
Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions co… https://t.co/FI6xkj6lqL
No @Avicii ... I can’t even begin to comprehend this. I adore you and I loved traveling and touring Europe with you… https://t.co/bwyZxLavRb
I cannot express enough that @Avicii revolutionized dance music, and effortlessly. An unparalleled writer and one o… https://t.co/1dF12uB1Sr
devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too y… https://t.co/Sx6KqafXsm
. @Avicii was talented and kind, and I was genuinely excited to see what would come next from him. His future most… https://t.co/zuSgn39WBZ
Damn Dude RIP #Avicii 🙏🏽
At a loss for words...Rest easy brother 😪 @Avicii
Avicii contributed incredible art to this world. devastated to hear about this. Rest In Peace. X
I am shocked. RIP @Avicii
I am both shocked and horrified at this news... RIP Avicii - What a loss for this world. https://t.co/U2VgghW1FM
Damn this is such terrible news. Such an an inspiration to so many including myself. May you Rest In Paradise #ripavicii 🙏❤️
RIP Avicii. I have so many great memories to his music.
No words... May you rest in peace legend 💔 @Avicii
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody… https://t.co/fOtDIs9Iem
Rest in peace, Avicii. We lost a legend.
oh no, Avicii :( He made such a massive mark on the world at such a young age. I feel so sad for his family and friends.
RIP @Avicii you will be insanely missed...my deepest condolences to his family.
Rest In Peace @Avicii - u inspired some of my writing and I’m sure thousands of others, u will be missed
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody… https://t.co/fOtDIs9Iem

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