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Late DJ Avicii to be honored at benefit concert for suicide prevention, mental health awareness


Avicii, seen here in 2016, took his own life in 2018. A benefit concert in his honor is being planned in Stockholm to raise awareness about suicide. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCard)

Swedish DJ Avicii has been gone for more than a year, but his hometown of Stockholm wants to make sure his suicide and suffering were not in vain.

The 28-year-old born Tim Bergling took his own life in April of 2018. Now, Stockholm is planning a benefit concert in his honor in order to raise awareness for suicide prevention, according to the Associated Press. Proceeds will go to organizations focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, Rolling Stone reports.

The event will be produced by the Tim Bergling Foundation, founded in March, which focuses on “preventing mental illness and suicide, [protecting] threatened animals and nature, eliminating hunger and providing social services,” Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, told Billboard in June.

When he was alive, Avicii, who was known for pulsating hits like “Levels” and “Wake Me Up,” raised millions to help combat hunger and AIDS around the globe.

The two-hour Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness, slated for Dec. 5 in the Swedish capital, will feature the late artist’s music. Performers include many of the artists with whom he collaborated, including fellow DJs David Guetta and Kygo, as well as current Queen frontman Adam Lambert.

Tickets will be available Thursday.