The Norwegian rock icon ‘Hank von Hell’ died just 49 years old

A wild and meaningful life is over.

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Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, known as ‘Hank von Hell’ has passed away, and his untimely death has shaken family, friends and fans.

The musician’s death was announced on his Instagram and Facebook profile late Friday night

“It is with a heavy heart that we must tell you that Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, also known as ‘Hank von Hell’, sadly passed away on 19 November 2021. We pray that family and friends will be respected in this tragedy,” sounded the notice.

In Denmark, Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby was especially known from his time as lead singer in the underground punk rock band Turbonegro, which among other things played in Ungdomshuset and at Roskilde Festival.

Norwegian Turbonegro when they played on the orange stage at Roskilde Festival in 2013. (Photo: Torkil Adsersen / Scanpix 2013)

Norwegian Turbonegro when they played on the orange stage at Roskilde Festival in 2013. (Photo: Torkil Adsersen / Scanpix 2013)
Photo: Torkil Adsersen

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Turbonegro was formed in the late 80’s, and they managed to release several records before Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby in 1998 had to leave the band to go into rehab for a heroin addiction, which he recovered from.

Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby has since had an important solo career in Norway as a musician, actor and author.

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The shock and grief over the loss of the prominent figure is therefore also evident in a number of Norwegian celebrities and cultural personalities, the newspaper VG has spoken to.

Among others, former head of Norwegian radio NRK P3 and author Håkon Moslet.

Hank von Hell in front of Turbonegro at Roskilde Festival in 2005.

Hank von Hell in front of Turbonegro at Roskilde Festival in 2005.
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»Hank von Helvete was Norwegian rock’s greatest frontman and stage personality. When he was at his peak, he was the perfect combination of authentic punk rocker, dangerous circus director, standups and a poetic character. Hank von Helvete – it was his charisma that made Turbo popular and lovable, “he says to VG.

Håkon Moslet also says that life was often difficult for Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, but that he had complete control of the situation on stage.

‘He was born to stand on stage. With charm, he blew his way from standing on stage in the smallest punk bumps in eastern Oslo to the biggest festival stages in Europe. “

Hans-Erik Husby was married to the Norwegian model Gro Skaustein from 2009 to 2014. They had a daughter together in 2008.

It is not stated what is the cause of Hans-Erik Husby’s early death.

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