Former Mercyful Fate and King Diamond bassist Timi Hansen has died

Hansen was 61.

Timi Hansen, the former bassist for Danish heavy metal projects Mercyful Fate and King Diamond, has died at the age of 61.

The news was broken by Kind Diamond via a Facebook post, where the singer wrote “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 favourite bass player of all times.” King Diamond went on to lend sympathy to Hansen’s family.

I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an…

Posted by King Diamond on Monday, November 4, 2019

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The news comes shortly after King Diamond announced a 2019 reunion tour in August of this year.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich shared his condolences on Instagram, writing that Hansen was “not only a close friend of mine and a close friend of the band’s, but he was part of a musical force that helped shape Metallica’s sound, direction & desire to be in a hard rock band.”

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Incredibly saddened to hear the news of Timi Hansen’s untimely passing.  He was not only a close friend of mine and a close friend of the band’s, but he was part of a musical force that helped shape Metallica’s sound, direction & desire to be in a hard rock band. Timi was of course the OG bass player in Mercyful Fate, who most of you hopefully know have played a significant role in our history. Along with his fellow bandmates, King, Hank, Michael & Kim, they welcomed us to Denmark in 1984 with open arms, let us use their rehearsal studio where we wrote songs for the “Ride the Lightning” album, leant us their equipment, showed us the best of Copenhagen, became our partners in crime….Over the years we enjoyed endless amounts of incredible moments together, including an almost complete reunion at our 30th Anniversary shows at the Fillmore in 2011.  And ultimately, again as most of you know, we recorded 12 minutes of their finest musical moments as the track “Mercyful Fate” on the Garage Inc. album in ’98 and have enjoyed playing that occasionally over the years with various members joining us for their respective parts. Timi Forhelvede man, tak for de fede minder og for de fedeste stunder! Rest In Peace.

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Timi Hansen played bass in Mercyful fate from its inception in 1981 until the group split in 1985, and was part of the original lineup for its successor project King Diamond.

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