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Avicii's Family Establishes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Foundation
Family members of the late GRAMMY-nominated DJ/producer Tim Bergling aka Avicii have launched The Tim Bergling foundation in his honor that "will initially focus on supporting people and organizations working in the field of mental illness and suicide prevention," according to a statement. Berglin died on Apr. 20, 2018 of apparent suicide at age 28.
"Tim wanted to make a difference — starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit," the family said in the statement.
In 2016, two years before his death, Avicii stepped away from life on the road after years of continuous touring, citing health issues stemming from his March 2014 hopsitalization while on tour. His final public performance was in Ibiza in August 2016, though he continued to create music and released an EP, Avīci (01), in 2017.
After his death the following year, his family addressed his battles with mental health issues, saying at the time, "He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness… He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace."
The Sweden-based foundation will raise funds and awareness for several causes at home and abroad, including climate change, development assistance, nature conservation and endangered species.
In his brief but remarkable career in music, Avicii earned two GRAMMY nominations for Best Dance Recording for "Sunshine" with David Guetta in 2011 and the following year for his song "Levels." He was also ranked by DJ Mag as the No. 3 DJ in the world in 2012 and 2013.
In the wake of his death last year, Avicii was honored around the globe, including tributes at Coachella, in Stockholm and by fellow artists everywhere.