Avicii’s ex-girlfriend breaks silence as fans gather for memorial in DJ’s honour
Avicii’s ex-girlfriend has broken her silence for the first time since the DJ’s shock death as thousands of fans gather in Stockholm for a memorial dance party.
Emily Goldberg took to Instagram to pay tribute to the Swedish star – real name Tim Bergling – after he was found dead in the city of Muscat, Oman, on April 20 aged just 28.
Sharing her pain at her lost love’s death, she uploaded a series of pictures of the pair kissing and cuddling taken from when they dated from 2011 to 2013.
She wrote: "’Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.’
"Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them."
She continued: "For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend.
"Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again.
"I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts.
"Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real #ripavicii."
She also shared a Whatsapp conversation she had with the musician from an unknown date.
She wrote: "I love u tim!"
The superstar DJ replied: "I love you too emilyyyy."
Meanwhile, a memorial for Avicii is being held in his hometown of Stockholm.
Thousands of grieving fans gathered to pay respects to the musician with a memorial dance party.
Fans gathered on Sergels Square in the center of the city to listen to Avicii’s tunes and pay respect with dance.
Both young and old stood together to mark the death of the young musician whose electronic beats topped charts around the world.
Meanwhile, police investigating DJ Avicii’s death in Oman have "no criminal suspicion", a source in Oman’s police force claims.
Two post-mortem examinations have been conducted and "we absolutely confirmed that there is no criminal suspicion of death", a source told Sky News .
Avicii had previously been open about his chronic health issues, having had both his appendix and gallbladder removed after being struck down with acute pancreatitis – brought on partly by excessive alcohol consumption – aged just 21 during a US tour.
“Yeah I was drinking way too much, partying in general way too much,” he told Time magazine of his 11 day hospitalisation in 2014. “Then I got a pancreatitis attack, which is very rare. So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking.”
Two years ago his DJ friend Laidback Luke – real name Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen – eerily predicted that booze and the stresses of fame could cost the Wake Me Up star his life.
"The first few years of heavy touring can have a major impact on a person’s life, health and sanity," he wrote in Billboard magazine, claiming Avicii ‘looked terrible’ when he saw him in August 2015.
"He gave me a very sincere but oh-so-tired smile when he saw me. Soon after, he was on stage playing his amazing music — and that’s when it dawned on me. This wonderful and talented kid might not overcome his struggles," he continued.
"I envisioned my friend, now 26, joining the infamous ’27 club’ of music and film stars who died at that age. It sounds horrible but it’s the truth, and I can’t take back the overwhelming sense of frustration I felt. It was like watching Amy , the recent Amy Winehouse documentary… we all watched the spectacle, seeing tragedy unfold and not doing a damn thing."
EDM producer Avicii quit touring in 2016, explaining, “To me it was something I had to do for my health. 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.”
But veteran producer Nile Rodgers claimed the young star was back on the booze the last time they worked together.
"It was a little bit sad to me because he had promised me he would stop drinking, and when I saw him he was drunk that night," Nile told the Associated Press.
"And I was like, ‘Whoa. Dude. C’mon. What are you doing? What’s going on? You said that that was done’.
"We did a show and I was a little upset.
"I didn’t even stick around for his performance because it was breaking my heart. But we still had a great time. It was wonderful we were that close."
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