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Avicii’s Life and Music Remembered With Touching Google Doodle

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Sean Eriksson

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The music and all-too-brief life of Avicii and is brought into focus by a new Google Doodle, which dominates the Google homepage today (Sept. 8) on what would have been his 32nd birthday.

An illustration of the Swedish EDM star, born Tim Bergling, switches out the Google logo in more than 46 countries.

Click through, and you’re taken on a scenic, animated tour of his life, soundtracked by his hit 2013 single “Wake Me Up,” featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc.

Doodle artist Alyssa Winans created the experience, an homage which compresses music, memories and mental health into a 90-second clip, and coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week.

"I'm very grateful to have gotten the opportunity to work on this doodle and get a glimpse into Tim's life," Winans says in a statement. "The feeling of warmth and wonder that he approached music with was a huge inspiration for me. I wanted to honor Tim by spending the majority of the video on the aspects he loved the most of his life, while including symbolic moments that alluded to the more emotionally challenging experiences."

The late producer, songwriter and DJ was at the head table of the EDM movement, his 2011 track “Levels” considered a cornerstone of the genre.

After a long struggle with mental health issues, Bergling took his own life in 2018, aged 28. In his memory and to help other youngsters, Tim’s father Klas and his mother Anki started the Tim Bergling Foundation, which advocates for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency.

“From producing hit songs that topped international charts to headlining festivals around the world,” reads a statement from Google, “Tim will forever be remembered as one of the pioneers and most influential visionaries of electronic dance music.”

Watch the Avicii Google Doodle below. And read more here.