News & Opinion | March 27, 2019 5:00 am

Avicii’s Family Announced Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Foundation

“Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit.”

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: DJ AVICII performs onstage at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at The Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella)
Mark Davis

It’s been nearly a year since electronic dance musician Avicii died, and now his family is hoping to make a difference with their latest memorial tribute to the artist.

His family released a brief statement announcing the launch of a mental health and suicide prevention foundation in the late DJ’s memory, Variety reported. The Tim Bergling Foundation, so called after the Swede’s given name,“will initially focus on supporting people and organizations working in the field of mental illness and suicide prevention,” according to the family’s statement.

“Tim wanted to make a difference,” continued the announcement, which noted that the foundation will be active in other issues as well, including climate change, development assistance, nature conservation, and preserving endangered species.

“Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit,” the statement concluded.

The multi-platinum selling artist and DJ passed away on April 20, 2018 after an apparent suicide in Oman.

Bergling’s death came just a few years after the artist retired from performing, citing health reasons when he announced his departure from the industry in 2016.

The popular EDM musician, whose 2013 single “Wake Me Up” scored him a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200, had suffered from health complications for years, including acute pancreatitis. He underwent surgery in 2014 to have his gallbladder and appendix removed, two years before announcing his retirement.