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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.

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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.

Pete Tong on Avicii: 'Shouldn't have to die chasing dream'
Speaking at IMS 2018 in Ibiza, the DJ paid tribute to Avicii who took his own life in April.

Pete Tong calls for more support for DJs during tribute to Avicii

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Veteran club DJ Pete Tong has called for more emotional support for artists and DJs working in electronic music.

Speaking at the annual International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, Pete called Avicii - who died aged 28 in April "one of the most talented and successful artists of his generation".

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

"Tim had no training, there was no apprenticeship...He’d not even had a proper job."

Pete called the Avicii - whose name was Tom Bergling - story "unique - it's 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."

He added: "Given they way it turned out I hope we never see it again - BUT his death has put the spotlight firmly back on our profession - The Life of a DJ ".

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The first few years are pretty straightforward. You travel around the world at an insane pace. You collect all the money, You lap up the adulation and drink the free champagne and everything else that goes with it.

After a couple of years the anxiety builds as the schedule and demands get more and more intense. The entourage grows and there are now vast numbers of people and companies relying on your business. The bar is constantly being raised.

You now rely on the alcohol, the drugs and the pills, just to get you through each day. Your tired, constantly tired and sick but you can’t stop.

The body of the Swedish DJ was found at a hotel in Oman.

His family said he was "an over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress".

"He wanted to find peace."

Pete - who was made an MBE in 2014 - for his career in broadcasting and music said his hope is that DJ’s "feel less shame and more encouraged to speak up and seek help when they are struggling".

He added: "The wider music community have organisations like Music Cares & Help Musicians to reach out to in times of struggle."I ask - is it time to establish a support group or fellowship for those in the electronic music industry?"

Avicii funeral to be private says family

Billboard magazine

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The family of late Swedish DJ Avicii have said his funeral will be private.

In a statement, apparently given to Billboard, the family of the star, born Tim Bergling in Sweden said: "There have been many inquiries regarding the funeral arrangements for Tim Bergling, known by music fans as Avicii.

"The Bergling family has now confirmed that the funeral will be private, in the presence of the people who were closest to Tim."

The 28-year-old was found in his hotel room in Oman on 20 April with authorities ruling out foul play.