The Swedish EDM superstar, real name Tim Bergling, was found was found dead in Oman on Friday afternoon, aged 28
Avicii reportedly bagged up to £180,000 a night on tour, playing the biggest hotspots around the world 250 days of the year.
But for the Swedish electronic dance music producer, it wasn’t about the huge paycheck.
In his own haunting words, the superstar DJ once said he wanted to be remembered for the life he lived, not the money he made.
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found was found dead in Oman on Friday afternoon, aged 28
In the prelude to the music video for his hit ‘The Nights’, the star chillingly spoke about his own death.
He said: “When I was 16, my father said, ‘You can do anything you want with your life, you just have to be willing to work hard to get it.’
“That’s when I decided when I die, I want to be remembered for the life I live, not the money I make.”
Avicii’s death was confirmed in a statement from his publicist, 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 death comes days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album.
The EDM star was also in the middle of working on new music – which fans may now never hear.
On March 26, Avicii posted a photograph of himself with a look of concentration on his face, captioning the snap: “Studiomode”.
Avicii is nominated in the Top Dance/Electronic Album category for his record AVĨCI (01), up against The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Calvin Harris and Odesza.
The award ceremony is due to take place next month, on May 20.
Avicii, who boasted two UK number ones, retired from touring in 2016 and has battled acute pancreatitis in the past and had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris was one of the first to pay tribute, calling his fellow musician a “beautiful soul”.
He added: “My heart goes out to his family.”
Pop star Dua Lipa tweeted: “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.”
In a note announcing his retirement in 2016 he said: “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.”
He released his debut studio album, True, in 2013 and followed it up with Stories in 2015.