Must be nice to have acquired enough money to stop working at 26! That’s the announcement Swedish DJ Avicii made in a very open letter to his fans. Avicii has had a number of health issues that have caused him to cancel shows, including an 11 day hospital stay in 2012 for acute pancreatitis. The following year, Australian doctors urged Avicci, whose real name is Tim Bergling, to have his gallbladder removed. He declined the surgery. Then in 2014, Avicii canceled his performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami from stomach pains. He was subsequently hospitalized and doctors removed his appendix, which had ruptured, and his gallbladder. Avicii didn’t hide the truth, saying that binge drinking, non-stop partying, and a rigorous touring schedule all contributed to health problems.
In his letter, Avicii says he took a two week road trip through the U.S. that helped him gain perspective and decided that the rigors of touring leave “too little…for the life of a real person behind the artist.” He also says that he has “strong interests in different areas,” but his current lifestyle doesn’t allow him time to explore them. Avicii, who has made Forbes list of the highest paid DJs in the last four years says he will always feel the need to connect through music, so his retirement could potentially be a hiatus, but after finishing his current tour, his plans do not involve live performances for a very, very long time. More here.