Artist and producer Avicii was just one of few DJs capable of selling out massive arena shows worldwide.
Combined with his regular festival slots, chart-topping songs such as 2013 hit Wake Me Up and $300,000 nightclub gigs, it’s no surprise Avicii amassed a fortune of more than $109 million from his successful career.
Just a week after the 28-year-old, real name Tim Bergling passed away in Oman, we now know the Swedish DJ donated millions of his earnings to charity to help hunger relief in an incredible act of generosity.
The New York Post reports Avicii donated a million American dollars following his 2012 House for Hunger tour of the United States to the charity Feeding America.
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In 2013, he donated a further million euros to Swedish charity Radiohjälpen, which works to strengthen people’s rights, saves lives and relieve distress.
Speaking in a 2013 interview, Avicii 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.”
Avicii had six top 10 singles in Australia and his debut album True reached number one on the ARIA charts in 2013. Throughout his career, he won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and was nominated for a Grammy twice.
Avicii, who was one of the biggest names in EDM, also worked with a number of big-name artists including Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Rita Ora and Lenny Kravitz.
According to Forbes magazine, he earnt $19 million from his 2015 worldwide arena tour. However, as he continued to gain popularity, his mental and physical health declined. He retired from performing in 2016, citing health reasons.
Avicii suffered from health problems related to excessive drinking, including acute pancreatitis, which first began in early 2012. He also had his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.
In a letter published on Aftonbladet, Tim Bergling’s family described him as “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.”