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Swedish DJ and producer Tim Bergling has been honoured with a Google Doodle (Picture: Christopher Polk via Getty)
The late DJ and producer Tim Bergling was honoured with a Google Doodle for what would have been his 32nd birthday on Wednesday, September 8.
Google Doodles are usually created to honour notable people and raise awareness for special occasions and causes throughout the year.
The animation created for the star features an illustration video to accompany his renowned 2013 hit Wake Me Up, and a sketch of Avicii, himself.
How old was Tim Bergling when he died
Tim Bergling, born on September 8 1989, was just 28 years old when he died. He would have turned 32 today.
Avicii shot to fame in 2011 following the release of his renowned single Levels when the producer was just 16 years old.
He went on to tour around the world and produced 10 UK top 10 singles and two songs that went to number 1 in the UK charts.
Why did the DJ call himself Avicii?
While his real name was Tim Bergling, the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) DJ called himself Avicii.
The DJ was just when 28 he died (Picture: Rich Polk via Getty)
When asked what it meant and why, he told USA Today that it ‘means the lowest level of hell, it’s just cool’.
This follows Buddhist ideology – Avīci is the realm with the ‘most suffering’ where those who have died and sinned are able to be reborn.
The Avici level of hell is for those who have committed one (or more) of five grave offences, which are intentionally killing one’s father or mother, killing an enlightened being, shedding the blood of a Buddha and creating a division within a community seeking enlightenment.
Though he initially released a selection of tracks under his real name, he changed it to Avicii prior to releasing Levels.
The name choice was also reportedly picked as his real name was taken on the now-defunct social media platform Myspace.
How and when did Avicii die?
Avicii sadly took his own life on April 20, 2018 in Muscat, Oman and died by suicide.
The official cause of death given was blood loss, but his family confirmed that it was suicide.
The Swedish musician battled addiction, physical and mental health issues during his career, and eventually decided to quit touring altogether in 2016.
The talented DJ faced struggles with addiction (Picture: Kevin Winter via Getty)
In the documentary Avicii: True Stories, viewers were told of his issues with alcohol abuse, which ended up putting him in the hospital while in Australia for a tour.
In it, Avicii says: ‘Having the pancreatitis wasn’t the problem, it was the pain that stays with you afterwards.
‘At first it was for a month and then it was for four months. ‘I was taking 20 pills a day but they kept telling me it wasn’t addictive. I was still anxious and then I started touring again.
He continued: ‘I didn’t give myself time to stop and recover, not just from the pain and the medication but also the illness and all the years of touring and stress. I just kept going.’
What was Avicii’s last recording?
A posthumous album was released on June 6, 2019, called Tim. It was an album Avicii had been recording before he passed and was finished by a selected group of producers who knew the DJ.
On April 10, 2019, his first posthumous song, called SOS, featuring Aloe Blacc, dropped along with a fan tribute music video.
Proceeds from TIM went to the Tim Bergling Foundation, which works to, ‘among other things, to prevent mental illness and suicide’.
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