Avicii's family launches foundation focusing on suicide prevention

The family of the late Swedish DJ Avicii is launching a foundation in his name. 

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead of an apparent suicide on April 20 of last year. He was just 28. 

Now, his family is paying tribute to his memory with the Tim Bergling Foundation, which will "initially focus on supporting people and organizations working in the field of mental illness and suicide prevention,” according to a statement.

“Tim wanted to make a difference,” the statement continued. “Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit.”

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DJ Avicii spins at Marquee on June 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 01: In this handout photo provided by (RED) Avicii poses backstage for DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES during Stereosonic 2012 at Melbourne Showgrounds on December 1, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kane Hibberd/(RED) via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: DJ Avicii performs during mPowering Action, a global mobile youth movement at Grammy Week launch, featuring performances by Timbaland and Avicii at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Tribal Brands)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Avicii performs at the MLB Fan Cave on October 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Tim Bergling attends a basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: General views outside Avicii Hotel where Avicii was scheduled to perform but cancelled last minute and was reportedly taken to the hopsital at SLS South Beach on March 27, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 17: Tim Bergling aka Avicii performs during the 2012 Buku Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World on March 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: Tim Bergling aka DJ Avicii backstage during Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/FilmMagic)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Tim Bergling aka Avicii attends the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: DJ Avicii poses with TJX Rewards (R) Platinum MasterCard Card holders at the MasterCard Lounge at Westwood One Backstage on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCard)
Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and singer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii' performs at the Sziget music festival on the Hajogyar Island of Budapest on August 14, 2015. This cultural event takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube river, in the heart of Budapest. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Avicii attends the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on June 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: DJ Avicii backstage at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. iHeartRadio Music Awards are being broadcast live on NBC. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Recording artist Avicii accepts the Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist award onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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The death of Avicii, famous for hits including “Wake Me Up," shook the music world. 

He made history when he became the first DJ to play sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2012, and he played on the main stages of renowned music festivals around the world like the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Lollapalooza in Chicago.

During a final performance in Ibiza in 2016, Avicii announced his retirement from touring, citing issues with his health. He suffered from acute pancreatitis, partially due to his heavy drinking, and needed his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

A letter to his fans following his retirement announcement read: "I just feel happy. I feel free at this point […] This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I'm happier than I have been in a very very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time.”

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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