Laidback Luke, who collaborated closely with Avicii for many years, witnessed some serious warning signs starting in 2015.
For Laidback Luke, the sudden death Avicii wasn’t completely shocking. The Dutch DJ, who worked with Avicii for many years, says he witnessed a haggard, burnt-out guy who was likely drowning himself in booze. Layer in sleep deprivation, non-stop touring and persistent pressure, and the writing was on the wall for Laidback Luke — even back in 2015.
“Tim Bergling aka Avicii] and his team have been kind enough to book me at his Ushuaïa Hotel parties in Ibiza, most recently in August 2015,” Laidback Luke (real name Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen) told Billboard in April 2016. “He looked terrible. He gave me a very sincere but oh-so-tired smile when he saw me.”
“Soon after, he was onstage playing his amazing music — and that’s when it dawned on me. This wonderful and talented kid might not overcome his struggles.”
At the time the report, Avicii was 25 years old. At that point, Laidback Luke openly wondered if Avicii would join the infamous ’27 Club,’ which refers to the preponderance famous musicians who have died at the age 27. That list includes Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Jim Morrison, all whom died through overdose or suicide at that age.
Here’s what Cornelis van Scheppingen relayed in the 2016 op-ed:
Avicii was found dead last week in the resort town Muskat, Oman. He was 28.
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After relaying those comments, the Dutch DJ applauded Avicii for his ‘retirement’ at age 26. At the time, Avicii decided to stop actively touring and take a prolonged hiatus. He later returned to making music, but never resumed his ultra-hectic pace public performances.
Laidback Luke’s comments at the time are now see prophetic:
On Friday, Laidback Luke was asked about his prediction in an interview with Sirius XM Radio.
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