Late DJ Avicii’s legacy is being kept alive, with the Swedish DJ now forever memorialized in wax. On Tuesday, popular tourist attraction Madame Tussauds New York unveiled the latest addition to its collection: a wax figure for Tim Bergling, known professionally as Avicii, who forever changed the EDM scene with songs like “Wake Me Up” and “Silhouettes.”
Located in the museum’s music room, Bergling's figure shows the Swedish musician behind a DJ set, a single arm raised in the air as his other hand rests on the mixer, a pose he was often seen in.
The figure’s Tuesday Oct. 8 debut comes more than a year after Avicii passed away by suicide at the age of 28 on April 20, 2018, just two years after he retired from live performing at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. The Swedish hitmaker was laid to rest in a private Stockholm funeral in June, with only family and friends in attendance.
Keep scrolling to learn more about Avicii’s wax figure and see how fans are reacting to the tribute.
Wow that's amazing— Ryne Bell (@ryne_bell) October 8, 2019
The shadows, the tattoos, even the rolled up sleeves. That's incredible
“It was honestly a real pleasure working with them,” Middleton said. “They were fantastic. They were really involved and engaged every step of the way, from the initial conversations of ‘Yes, we would love to be able to do this to celebrate his life,’ all the way through to when the first clay sculpts were done, the first paint job and to the final product.”
AVICII GOT A WAXDOLL ON MADAME TUSSAUDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— kelli' (@kellichani) October 9, 2019
“It will include clips and sound from some of his most iconic shows, whether that’s him playing in front of thousands of people at Tomorrowland, or him playing at smaller venues,” Middleton explained. “[We want to] allow our guests to sort of relive that, bring it to life with lights and sounds and get an experience that you’re just not able to get anymore.”
Omg incredible🤯— aviciika (@a8ka11) October 7, 2019
“I didn’t realize was how much work he did with charity,” he said. “He co-founded House for Hunger. He raised awareness about world hunger and donated lots of money to Feeding America as well. That was one bit I wasn’t necessarily aware of as a fan, something that even more so put him on such a pedestal for me.”
Even his signature hand gestures are on point, so cool.— Jorge Luis (@honorkid2007) October 8, 2019
It Looks Great. I think they did a fantastic job on it. A Very fitting tribute 👍👍— GLADYS (@BORIBABY) October 7, 2019
In June of this year, his album Tim was posthumously released, with proceeds from the album going towards The Tim Bergling Foundation.
That’s awesome— Nia Orea (@niaorea) October 8, 2019
As the one-year anniversary of the late DJ’s death approached, his family announced the creation of the Tim Bergling Foundation, named after the "Wake Me Up" DJ's given name. Launched in April of this year, the foundation focuses on supporting suicide prevention as well as those with mental illness. The foundation will later expand to be active in climate change, development assistance, nature consideration and endangered species.
“Tim wanted to make a difference. Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit," the family said in a press release at the time.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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