The world was rocked by the tragic death of Swedish DJ and Producer, Avicii in 2018.
Now the family of the late DJ has set up the Tim Bergling Foundation in his honour – which will raise money and awareness for mental health-related issues and suicide prevention.
While the foundation’s main focus will be on mental health and suicide prevention, it also hopes to address issues such as climate change, development assistance and conservation.
“Tim wanted to make a difference,” states Bergling’s family. “Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honour his memory and continue to act in his spirit.”
Avicii died last April of an apparent suicide at the age of 28. The musician had been at the forefront of the EDM movement of the early 2010s. The artist stopped touring in 2016 after years of relentless work.
Following his death, Avicii’s family revealed that the he had been struggling with mental health issues. “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness,” they said at the time. “He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
Discussing mental health at Futures Forum in March, Tristan Hunt from the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), referenced the deaths of Bergling and of Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, who took his own life on 4 March. Hunt said the deaths were an indication of an industry- and society-wide problem.
“Across the industry, the majority of the deaths have been male – they have been high profile but also very representative,” said Hunt. “This is a serious and complex issue that we need to figure out going forward.”