Mercyful Fate and ex-King Diamond bassist Timi Hansen has died after losing a long battle with cancer. Exactly one week after his 61st birthday, the news of his death was confirmed by Mercyful Fate frontman King Diamond. King issued the following statement via social media:
“I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way.
He was not just my roommate on the early Mercyful Fate tours, but he was always my favorite bass player of all times.
I was fortunate to have been able to visit him at his apartment with some other good friends, and we had a great afternoon that will never be forgotten.
When I last talked to Timi on the phone on October 24th, I could understand that things had gotten tougher than they ever were, and yet he said “we fight on”.
I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy.
Rest in Peace my dear dear friend.
While Hansen had an extensive fight against the disease, it was this past August when he made it public to explain his absence for Mercyful Fate’s 2020 reunion shows.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Hansen’s family and friends during this difficult time.
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