Metallica’s Lars Ulrich “Incredibly Saddened” By Mercyful Fate Member’s Death
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed on Instagram that he was”incredibly saddened” to learn of fellow Danish musician Timi Hansen‘s death. Hansen, the bassist for Mercyful Fate and King Diamond, died Monday (Nov. 4) at the age of 61. King Diamond himself confirmed the unfortunate news.
Ulrich took to Instagram to offered his condolences. Hansen initially joined Mercyful Fate from 1981 to 1985 before joining King Diamond until 1988. In the following years, Hansen rejoined Mercyful Fate until revealing a cancer diagnosis last summer that prevented him from taking part in a 2020 reunion. Read Ulrich’s message down toward the bottom of this post. Ulrich posted to Instagram
“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.”
He added”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.”
Ulrich’s talked about having Hansen’s assistance in Metallica’s early career, as the Metallica drummer recalled frequently sharing the stage with Hansen and various other Mercyful Fate members. Together, the musicians would often perform the suitably named “Mercyful Fate” medley, the 1998 Garage Inc.
Earlier this month King Diamond said he lost “one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way. I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy. Rest in Peace, Timi. My dear dear friend.”