Praise for new mental health charity set up in Avicii's name

BBC Newsbeat

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BBC Newsbeat have been speaking to DJs and people in the electronic music industry about the news that a new charitable foundation is being set up in the late DJ's name.

As reported in MNL on Wednesday, the Tim Berghling Foundation will tackle issues like mental health and suicide prevention.

"One of the main issues Avicii's death highlighted was the reluctance of men to talk about the subject of mental health," Tristan Hunt from the Association For Electronic Music said.

He's the co-chair of a group that's working to improve mental and physical health among fans and professionals in the dance music industry.

"His suicide brought into sharp relief just how many men suffer from this, especially within our industry.

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Avicii's family is setting up a mental health charity

Billboard magazine

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The family of the late DJ, who was found dead in his hotel room in Oman in April 2018, have announced a new foundation - named in his memory - to raise money and awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention.

Although no official cause of death was released, the Swedish DJ, whose name is Tim Bergling, struggled with substance abuse and depression.

The Tim Bergling Foundation will also address issues like climate change and nature conservation.

"Tim wanted to make a difference," his family said in a press release.

"Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honour his memory and continue to act in his spirit."

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Following Avicii's death at age 28, there have been increased calls for more emotional support for artists and DJs working in electronic music.

Speaking at the annual International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, veteran DJ Pete Tong called Avicii "one of the most talented and successful artists of his generation".

"The warp factor speed of his breakthrough fuelled by the adrenaline rush and global connectivity of social media ensured that Tim’s feet never touched the ground," said Pete.

He called the circumstances surrounding Avicii's death "the perfect storm, in the sense that few will ever be that young and that talented, making the right music, at precisely the time when a world wide musical movement is about to explode."

Avicii's family launch a digital memorial in his memory

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Following the death of the 28-year-old Swedish music producer, Avicii's family have been inundated with messages and letters of support from grieving fans.

As a result, they've chosen to turn his website into a memorial page, where his legacy can be remembered together.

"Tim created music that brought people together with timeless memories from all over the world.

"We created this space so you could share your memories with all of us and let the world know what Avicii meant to you.

His music and your memories are forever.

Avicii memory board

Avicii - real name Tim Bergling - was found dead in his Oman hotel room from apparent suicide in April.

Earlier this month, his father, Klas Bergling, praised "every amazing tribute you have given Tim and his music" in a speech at an awards ceremony in Sweden, where he accepted an award on behalf of his son.