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Avicii: New biography to pain an ‘honest picture’ of late DJ’s life

Dj, whose real name was Tim Bergling, died in 2018 aged 28

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Tuesday 06 April 2021 20:35

Related: Avicii : The Story Behind The Album ‘Tim’

A new biography will paint an “honest picture” of the lade DJ Avicii.

Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii will be released on 16 November by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown in the UK.

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, died by suicide in 2018 aged 28. Among the hits crafted by the Swedish DJ were “Wake Me Up” (with vocals by American singer Aloe Blacc), “Hey Brother” (with Dan Tyminski), and “Sunshine”, a collaboration with David Guetta.

The upcoming book is described by the publisher as the “intimate biography of the iconic DJ who was lost too soon”.

A summary describes Avicii as “a musical visionary who, through his sense for melodies, came to define the era when Swedish and European house music took over the world”.

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“But Tim Bergling was also an introverted and fragile young man who was forced to grow up at an inhumanly fast pace,” the description adds. “After a series of emergencies resulting in hospital stays, he stopped touring in the summer of 2016. Barely two years later, he took his own life.”

Swedish journalist Måns Mosesson wrote the biography based on interviews with some of Avicii’s relatives, friends, and colleagues.

“The book paints an honest picture of Tim and his search in life, not shying from the difficulties that he struggled with,” states the publisher’s description.

Proceeds will benefit the Tim Bergling Foundation, a non-profit launched by Avicii’s family to serve several causes, including suicide prevention and mental illness awareness.

A year after Avicii’s death, a studio album titled Tim, comprised of materials he had worked on, was released, also benefiting the foundation.

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

For services local to you, the national mental health database –Hub of Hope – allows you to enter your postcode to search for organisations and charities who offer mental health advice and support in your area.

In the US, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 800 273 8255 or chat online for help.

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