Avicii’s family starting Tim Bergling Foundation for suicide prevention in DJ’s memory
Almost a year after DJ Avicii’s death, his family is launching the Tim Bergling Foundation in his memory.
The foundation, which bears Avicii’s given name, will initially focus on supporting those working in the field of mental illness, as well as prioritizing suicide prevention initiatives. The late DJ’s family made the announcement on Tuesday via a press release which they shared with EW.
Eventually, the foundation will branch out into causes like climate change, development assistance, nature conservation, and endangered species. It will officially launch on the anniversary of Avicii’s death, April 20.
“Tim wanted to make a difference,” the reads the statement. “Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit.” It notes that the foundation’s objectives will be pursued both in the DJ’s home country of Sweden and abroad.
The 28-year-old DJ died in Oman last year two years after announcing his official retirement from touring following a series of chronic health issues. Though it was never officially confirmed, his family released a statement shortly after his death implying it was a result of an apparent suicide.
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” read the statement. “When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most — music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
Avicii was a philanthropist in his lifetime, most notably with the launch of the nonprofit charity tour House for Hunger in 2011, which has a goal of raising $1 million in ticket sales to donate to hunger relief in the U.S. In 2014, he partnered with (RED) to hold sweepstakes that saw the proceeds going toward the fight against HIV and AIDS.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org
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