On April 20, 2018 the DJ Avicii Committed suicide after a long battle with health issues and alcoholism. Avicii -whose actual name is Tim Bergling- was only 28 years old. Avicii was well thought of in the EDM and pop music community for his talent as a DJ music producer. At the Billboard music awards he was remembered by the EDM group the Chainsmokers and the singer Halsey. The three made a speech but the DJ’s unexpected and devastating death while handing out an award.
Their speech consisted of admiration for the late DJ and brought attention to mental illness. Avicii put his life into his music. He toured to a point over his limits even while his health was very poor from his excessive drinking. He likely was suffering from mental illness in part due to his alcoholism. It is fairly common For alcoholics to develop depression and suicidal thoughts/suicidal actions.
The Chainsmokers brought up Avicii again when they excepted an award for top electronic/dance act of 2018. They said he had inspired them both to pursue careers in EDM and he was an inspiration for many others in EDM and pop music. They dedicated their award to Avicii and his memory. The crowd was somber listening to the speeches remembering the late DJ and his contributions to music. Geffen Records announced they may release some of the unreleased projects that Avicii had been working on.
Later in the same night that the Billboard music awards Kelly Clarkson with tasks as a host to call for a moment of silence followed the shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. Clarkson a native of Texas instead told the audience she’s going to monos action was more appropriate. She said that she felt moments of silence were doing absolutely nothing to solve issues with and violence in schools. The shooting in Texas involved bullying, potential he a mental health issue, and perhaps a gun safety issue that could be solved with new laws. Each of these issues are things the American government, the people, and schools can strive to fix.