A week after his tragic and untimely death stories have been emerging that Avicii was giving millions of pounds of his personal money to charity.
Avicii – whose real name was Tim Bergling – died last week in a farmhouse owned by a relative of the Sultan of Oman, his family released a statement earlier in the week that hinted that his death could have been suicide. The cause of his death has not been publicly confirmed.
Bergling was known to have made large sums of money from touring around the world and as a result of his hit songs. Before he gave up touring he was reportedly earning around $250,000 per appearance for DJing at clubs and festivals.
Since his death stories have emerged that speak of his generosity and desire to use his fame and fortune to be a force for good in the world, even if he didn’t enjoy the celebrity and public attention that it brought him.
After he toured the United States in 2012 he donated his entire salary – around $1m – to the American charity Feeding America.
In 2013 he then handed over another massive sum of around 1 million Euros to the Swedish aid organisation Radiohjälpen.
The Radiohjälpen secretary general, Anna Hedenmo, told of the Swedish DJ and producer’s generosity on her Twitter account.
In a 2013 interview Bergling said: “I discovered when I started making money that I didn’t really need it, when you have such an excess of money you don’t need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need.”
His good works were not just limited to monetary acts of kindness. He also used his videos as a platform to highlight important issues.
For instance, the videos he directed for his songs ‘Pure Grinding’ and ‘For A Better Day’ brought to the fore the issues of human trafficking and gang violence.
At the time, he said, “All the songs have a story I wanted to tell.”
Avicii had spoken before his death about his struggles with alcohol, which he used to overcome his nerves before shows, and had battles both physical and mental issues that had arisen from his alcohol abuse.
In the aftermath of his death, a statement was released by his family that hinted at potential causes for his sudden passing.
It read: “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions.
An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music.
He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.
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.
Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you. Your family.”