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Avicii’s father has called for more mental health support for artists

“It’s fame and fortune, and that’s a very dangerous combination,”

  • Becky Buckle
  • 23 December 2021
Avicii’s father has called for more mental health support for artists

Avicii’s father Tim Klas has spoken about the death of his son asking for more mental health support for new artists as he says fame and fortune is a “very dangerous combination”.

After Avicii (whose real name was Tim Bergling) took his own life in 2018, his family released a statement that said: “Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.”

The Swedish DJ who pioneered the EDM revolution, died aged just 28 in April 2018. He had already retired from touring due to health reasons back in 2016 as he was suffering from acute pancreatitis partly due to excessive drinking.

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In an interview with The Times Tim Klas explained how the music industry need to improve on supporting artists with their mental health.

He said in the interview: “When you have an up-and-coming artist there should be some structure.” He also believes “a serious discussion couldn’t hurt”.

Klas speaks on the importance on clarifying that Avicii’s death was suicide as he says: “I think you should call things what they are,” He adds: “Nobody is to blame. If we should blame anybody, we should start with me.”

Since Avicii’s death, the family started the mental health charity in his honour named The Tim Bergling Foundation. The initiative is to “focus on supporting people and organisations working in the field of mental illness and suicide prevention.”

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In 2022 The Avicii Experience will open in Stockholm looking at the life of the DJ with exhibits showcasing memorabilia, and photographs and videos that have never been seen publicly before as well as all proceeds going towards The Tim Bergling Foundation.

A new documentary, will also be released in 2023 celebrating the work and legacy of the late Swedish producer

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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