Hank Von Hell, former frontman of the Norwegian punk/hard/glam rock band Turbonegro, has died. He was 49.
“We are very sad to announce that Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, sadly passed away on November 19th, 2021,” reads a post on his official Instagram page. “We kindly ask for your respect to the family and close friends in this moment of tragedy.”
Hank Von Hell joined Turbonegro in 1993 as their third lead singer, replacing Harald Fossberg and helping to solidify the bandâs glammy âdeathpunkâ image, tongue-in-cheek humor dealing with homesexual aesthetics, and punk rock antics.
Turbonegro went on hiatus in 1999 when Von Hell moved home to seek treatment for heroin addiction and depression. They reunited in 2003, and Von Hell remained with the band until his eventual departure in 2010.
After leaving Turbonegro, Von Hell released one album with the supergroup Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult and put out two solo albums, 2018’s Egomania and 2020’s Dead.
Von Hell died suddenly while walking in Slottsparken in Oslo. No cause of death has been made public, but his manager later denied rumours that he had committed suicide, stating that “his body had finally given in” after a long life of drug abuse.
Rest in turbolove, Hank!
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