With each new track he released, Avicii became even more of a star. He raked in six-figure sums for every gig he performed and was constantly picking up awards. But it all seemed to take a terrible toll on him. In January 2012 he spent nearly two weeks in hospital with acute pancreatitis. It had been brought on by a lot of serious drinking.
“I used to party a lot. Everyone does in the beginning when they’re getting accustomed to this world,” Avicii told Time magazine in 2013. “I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much. Then I got a pancreatitis attack, which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”
But unfortunately, it wasn’t as simple as that. Avicii had originally started drinking to combat his nervousness before going on stage, and it had gotten a hold on him. His problems continued. In March 2014, he canceled his appearance at the Ultra Music Festival because he needed to undergo gall bladder surgery.