Avicii’s Family Launches Mental Health Awareness Foundation In His Honor
Written by KFAT on April 11, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Stockholm, Sweden (4E) – Nearly one year after his passing, the family of Avicii has launched the Tim Bergling Foundation to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention.
The foundation, which is established to honor the late DJ, aims to raise money to promote awareness for various other causes as well such as climate change, nature conservation, protection of endangered species, and others. The organization will be based in Avicii’s home country, Sweden, but will also do work all over the globe, Rolling Stone reported.
In a statement, his family said that he “wanted to make a difference” and by launching this foundation they are honoring his memory and continuing his passion.
Avicii is one of the most popular electronic dance-music artists of all time, best known for hit songs such as ‘Levels’, ‘Hey Brother’, ‘Lonely Together’, ‘I Could Be the One’, and more.
In 2014, Forbes’ listed him as the third-highest paid DJ in the entire world, following David Guetta and Calvin Harris. At that time, Avicii had a net worth of $28 million.
Avicii announced his retirement from doing live performances in 2016 when he was only 26 years old. He cited his struggle with alcohol and health issues, including acute pancreatitis, as among the reasons for his early exit from the industry.
“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,” he said in an open letter addressed to fans.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential support for people in distress 24/7. People can call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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