The vocalist and actor fronted the band from 1993 to 2010. He was only 49 years old.
The family of Hank Von Helvete, born Hans Erik Dyvik Husby and known globally as Hank Von Hell, has confirmed that the venerated frontman, vocalist, and actor has died at the young age of 49.
As the former frontman for lauded Norwegian punk cult Turbonegro, Von Hell was regarded as a giant in the genre and an indomitable force from his emphatic 1994 debut in Never Is Forever to his swan song with the band in 2007’s Retox.
Proving to be especially resilient, Hank’s struggled with heroin abuse and in 1999, his demons forced the hiatus of Turbonegro. Some four years later, the death punks returned triumphantly with the celebrated Scandinavian Leather and would go onto release two more albums in the 2000s in the seminal Party Animals (2005) and Retox (2007).
Taking to their social media platform, the band that catapulted Von Hell into his rank as a legend reflected on his legacy and lasting impact in the wake of his passing.
“We are thankful for the times, the moments and the magic we shared with Hans-Erik in Turbonegro.
“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”
After his tenure in Turbonegro, Von Hell thrived as a solo artist, releasing music in 2011 with Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult along with the likes of Swedish staples, Tim Sköld, Anders Odden, and David Husvik. In 2018, Von Hell debuted his first solo effort in Egomania and would release a sophomore album in 2020 with Dead.
Remaining active in his musical pursuits, Von Hell as recently as this week was featured in new music as the frontman guested on Nergal’s death blues passion project, Me and That Man. Von Hell loaned his voice to the track, “Black Hearse Cadillac” on New Man, New Songs, Same Shit. Vol.2.
Hank Von Hell was only 49 years old. No cause of death has been made public.