Avicii honoured by Google on what would have been 32nd birthday and to mark National Suicide Prevention Week

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Avicii has been honoured by Google with a special Doodle to celebrate what would have been the DJ’s 32nd birthday.

The animation pays tribute to the artist, whose real name was Tim Bergling) and his hit Wake Me Up.

It overlays colourful sketches of a young boy aspiring to be a musician, showing him strumming a guitar as a child, making beats on his laptop as a preteen, and DJing at a party as a teenager.

The Doodle then shows the world-famous producer getting lost in the music as he travels the world, gaining thousands of fans. 

The special Doodle was created by artists Alyssa Winans, Olivia When and Sophie Diao ahead of Avicii’s birthday, following his death in 2018.

The Doodle was also released to mark National Suicide Prevention Week, which takes place from September 5 to 11, as Avicii took his own life.

The Doodle showed a boy aspiring to be a musician and fulfilling his dream (Picture: Google)

Illustrator Alyssa told Consequence Of Sound: ‘The truth is Tim struggled a great deal during the touring part of his adulthood, and I wanted to find a way to both touch on the realities of that experience, while still celebrating and honouring his life in a way that fit the lyrics and tone of the track.’

They continued: ‘I ultimately decided to spend the majority of the video on the aspects of his life he loved, with a few symbolic moments to allude to some of the more emotionally challenging experiences.’

Avicii was a world-famous DJ and producer, who rose to fame in 2011 with his hit Levels (Picture: Invision)

Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, praised the Doodle as ‘fantastic,’ saying he feels ‘honoured.’

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‘It is a friendly and warm story of a young man fulfilling his dream to be a DJ and at the same time telling us that our journey in life is not always easy despite fame and fortune,’ he shared.

The Doodle comes just months after Sweden’s Ericsson Globe was officially renamed Avicii Arena in tribute to the producer.

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