Hank Von Hell (a.k.a. Hank von Helvete), former singer for Norway’s Turbonegro, has died at the age of 49. No cause of death has been made public at this time.
The news broke via the vocalist’s Instagram page:
“We are very sad to announce that Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, also known to the world as Hank von Hell, sadly passed away on November 19th, 2021.
“We kindly ask for your respect to the family and close friends in this moment of tragedy.”
Writing on Facebook, Turbonegro added:
“It is with immense sadness we received the tragic news that Hans-Erik «Hertis» Dyvik Husby has passed away.
“We are thankful for the times, the moments and the magic we shared with Hans-Erik in Turbonegro during the years 1993-2009.
“As a charismatic frontman who equally channeled humor and vulnerability, Hans-Erik was crucial for the band’s appeal. He was a warm and big hearted human, a spiritually and intellectually seeking person who loved having a conversation with anyone. We are proud of what we created together as rock brothers in Turbonegro – the music, the characters, our whole universe.
“Hank Von Helvete remains an iconic figure in the history of Norwegian rock and popular culture, and also made a mark as a profile in the international rock´n´roll community.
“Actor, romantic and entertainer – through his life Hank left no doubt that he was a man for the stage, loving the spotlight and the room’s attention.
“Our thoughts and hearts go to his family.
“Rest In Peace”
Von Hell fronted Turbonegro from 1993 to 2009. He appears on all of their studio albums from ’93’s Helta Skelta through 2007’s Retox.
He went to form Doctor Midnight & the Mercy Cult alongside Tim Sköld (ex-Marilyn Manson, KMFDM, Shotgun Messiah, etc.), Anders Odden (Cadaver, Satyricon), and David Husvik (Extol). He then released two solo albums, Egomania (2018) and Dead (2020).
MetalSucks sponsored Hank’s final tour of North America in 2019. He was also a special guest on The MetalSucks Podcast at that time; you can listen to that interview here.
MetalSucks’ thoughts are with Hank’s loved ones during this extremely difficult time.