Bergling, a wildly successful Swedish producer and DJ, died on Friday in Muscat, Oman. His cause of death is currently unknown or being withheld, but has been ruled “not suspicious”.
Troyer, who played the iconic role of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died on Saturday after being admitted to hospital with high levels of alcohol in his system, US Weekly reports. A statement released by his family acknowledged “depression and suicide are very serious issues,” and “you never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside,” suggesting mental health might have been a factor in his passing.
Bergling and Troyer were two very different men, with two very different lives. But they had one common battle.
Avicii started making music in his late teens and early twenties, and released music at an incredible rate. In 2011, his song Levels hit number one in Sweden and the United States, and launched his career as a remixer, DJ and producer in the international music scene. But at just 21, he suffered acute pancreatitis during his US tour – brought on in part by excessive alcohol consumption. He was hospitalised for 11 days, and had his gallbladder and appendix removed.
“Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much,” he told Time magazine. “Then I got a pancreatitis attack, which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”
He said the electronic dance music scene required a life of heavy partying, and doing 800 live shows had taken a toll on his mental health.
In 2016, Avicii then made the decision to stop touring. “To me, it was something I had to do for my health,” told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
A 2017 documentary titled Avicii: True Stories showed behind-the-scenes footage of the DJ’s life on the road and shone a spotlight on his health issues, linked to his drinking.
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“Such a talented guy that was not ready to perform for so many people. You know, he was the one that wanted to make the music but not so much the one who wanted to be on stage all the time. I’m so sad that the price was that high that he’s not with us anymore.”
Eleven years before Tim Bergling, and on a different continent, Verne Troyer was born in Michigan with a rare genetic disorder named cartilage-hair hypoplasia, making him one of the shortest people in the world.