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Swedish DJ and producer Avicii announces retirement from touring in open letter

Los Angeles: Swedish DJ and producer Avicii has announced he is retiring from touring once his remaining 2016 shows are finished. Avicii, 26, made the announcement in a heartfelt open letter to fans on his website, saying he has "too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist", reported Billboard.

Swedish DJ and music producer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii'
Swedish DJ and music producer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii'. Pic/AFP

"Thank you for letting me fulfill so many of my dreams. I will be forever grateful to have experienced and accomplished all that I have with the help of the team around me and my beloved fans," he wrote.

"My path has been filled with success but it hasn't come without its bumps. I've become an adult while growing as an artist, I've come to know myself better and realise that there's so much I want to do with my life."

"I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist. I will however never let go of music - I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I've decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let¿s make them go out with a bang!"

The DJ and producer concluded by saying he could never say never to coming back to music, adding, "I could be back ...but I won't be right back."

Avicii's remaining live dates for 2016 include residencies in Las Vegas and Ibiza, as well as a slot at British dance festival, Creamfields in August.

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