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Avicii’s family sets up foundation for mental health and suicide prevention

The foundation will be launched on the one-year anniversary of the late DJ’s passing.

Avicii’s family sets up foundation for mental health and suicide prevention

Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) takes a selfie on Table Mountain, South Africa in this picture obtained from social media Jan 11, 2018. (Photo: Instagram/Avicii via Reuters/Files)

The family of the late DJ Avicii is setting up a foundation honouring his memory on the one-year anniversary of his death.

The Tim Bergling Foundation will be launched on Apr 20 with a focus on supporting those with mental illness and suicide prevention, his family announced Tuesday (Mar 26).

“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,” his family said in a press release to film news site Variety.

The Tim Bergling Foundation “will initially focus on supporting people and organizations working in the field of mental illness and suicide prevention,” reported Variety. The foundation will also be active in climate change, development assistance, nature conservation and endangered species.

The 28-year-old Swedish DJ died in Muscat, Oman last April, two years after he announced his retirement from touring following years of chronic health problems including acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. 

Shortly after his death, Avicii’s family issued a statement implying the musician died from suicide.

Source: CNA/jv

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