WATCH: Ex-F1 Driver Marcus Ericsson’s Heartwarming Gesture to Late World-Famous DJ Avicii

Published 01/19/2022, 5:45 AM EST

Marcus Ericsson has had an ecstatic stint in the Indy series so far after having spent most of his racing career driving for rather underwhelming teams in F1. The Swedish racing driver is currently driving for the Chip Ganassi Racing, sporting the number 8.

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After a rather quiet debut season with Chip Ganassi in 2020, Ericsson made a comeback in 2021, securing top-notch finishes, including a couple of victories in Nashville and Detroit.

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Hence, cherishing such an impeccable campaign, Ericsson, much like several other Swedish celebrities, designed a ‘special’ burger for the world-famous Swedish hamburger restaurant chain, Brodernas. The ex-Sauber driver named his burger ‘Indy Burger’.

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Now, with the money churned out of the personally designed burger, Ericsson has gone on to do something quite extraordinary.

What did Ex-Sauber F1 driver Marcus Ericsson do?

According to reports, Ericsson donated the proceeds of his ‘Indy Burger’ to the Tim Bergling Foundation, which supports research into preventing mental illness and suicide. To prove his heartwarming gesture, here’s a picture featuring Ericsson and Tim Bergling’s father, Klas Bergling.

Marcus Ericsson handing a cheque to Avicii’s father. He donated the proceeds of his burger to the Tim Bergling Foundation which supports research into preventing mental illness and suicide from formula1

The Swedish racing driver can be seen handing a big cheque worth 137,110 kronor (around $15,000 USD) to Bergling Sr.

Story behind the Tim Bergling Foundation

It all begins with Tim Bergling, quite famously known as Avicii, one of the world’s greatest DJ, songwriters, and musicians. After pulling off stunning albums including Levels, Avicii called early retirement in 2016 citing mental health issues.

He apparently struggled with the immense fan-following and the burden of trying hard not to disappoint them. Hence, after a rather complicated phase where he had to cancel a couple of tours, it almost looked like Avicii had finally found peace.

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However, only two years later, Bergling, aged 28, committed suicide while on a holiday in Oman. Consequently, tributes poured in from the entire world, including American band, OneRepublic, The Chainsmokers, Hardwell, Imagine Dragons, singer Rita Ora, DJ Calvin Harris, and many others.

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Eventually, the very next year, Bergling’s family launched a mental illness and suicide prevention foundation. Interestingly, the foundation isn’t only restricted to mental illness but also educates the world to tackle climate change and conserve endangered species.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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