To mark the first anniversary since world-renowned DJ and EDM producer Avicii‘s death next month, his family has announced that they will be launching a charity foundation in his name, initially focusing on providing support and funding to suicide prevention and mental health organisations.
Billboard reports that The Tim Bergling Foundation will officially launch on April 20, one year since the 28-year-old Swedish producer died by apparent suicide in Muscat, Oman, and just over three years since he announced his retirement from touring due to pancreatitis.
The foundation looks to be taking on the DJ’s legacy of fundraising and philanthropy – Avicii had previously donated millions of dollars to world hunger and AIDS research – and will be encouraging fans of the late DJ to help make a difference in his memory.
It’s also reported that the foundation will begin by focusing in on raising money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention organisations but hopes to expand out to include initiatives that work on fighting climate change, protecting endangered species, and conservation.
In a statement issued by his family, they recognised that “Tim wanted to make a difference,” and that “starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit.”
The foundation is not yet live, but his family have encouraged fans to share how he touched their lives on his website, which is now a memory board.