New Documentary Offers Glimpse Into Avicii's Devastating Closing Moments

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The heartbreaking last moments of Avicii‘s life are revisited in a brand new documentary, Avicii: I am Tim, which premiered over the weekend at this yr’s Tribeca Movie Competition.

The movie airs never-before-heard interviews with the legendary DJ, whose actual title was Tim Bergling. Ubiquitously often called one of the crucial virtuosic dance music producers of all-time, Bergling in 2018 died by suicide on the age of 28 after grappling with psychological well being struggles contrived largely from a grueling tour schedule.

Avicii: I am Tim additionally options commentary from a lot of Bergling’s collaborators and contemporaries, like Jesse Waits, a Las Vegas nightlife entrepreneur and Nightclub Corridor of Fame inductee. Waits noticed firsthand the pernicious impact of painkillers on Bergling, who he stated was “like a brother.”

“His eyes were wide open like a zombie—he was not there,” Waits stated. “At the dinner, his demeanor changed and his eyes dilated. That changes everything. Those pills change how you act and how you feel. You wake up feeling like shit and have to have another one to feel good. For him, it was to suppress his anxiety, but it just created more anxiety.”

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In a very heartbreaking interview with Bergling, one of many final he ever gave, he laments his reliance on tablets to problem the boundaries of his psychological fortitude whereas touring. 

“I just took everything that I could,” he stated. “I didn’t realize you could do Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. But once that opened up, you could tour the whole year. I was killing myself. The touring went even more crazy because the fees were getting higher. Everything went so fast from that point on.”

Directed by Henrik Burman, Avicii: I am Tim is the newest enterprise developed to pay homage to Bergling, whose household in 2019 launched a basis that funds analysis and develops preventative options for younger folks experiencing suicidal ideas.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Lawrence Bender is at present producing a new documentary about Avicii with “previously unreleased footage” recorded across the time of his discovery and rise to fame. In the meantime, the funding agency Pophouse Entertainment is planning to develop a musical about Bergling after buying a majority stake in his catalog again in 2022.

Discover out extra about Avicii: I am Tim and its screenings right here.

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