Mercyful Fate bassist Timi Hansen has passed away at the age of 61. The news was confirmed by fellow band mate King Diamond today on his various social media accounts here.
King Diamond 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 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.”
Hansen revealed in an interview that he’d been battling cancer after questions were asked about why he wouldn’t be part of Mercyful Fate’s 2020 reunion tour. “It’s my big dream to be on stage again playing the old Mercyful Fate numbers in front of all of you very loyal fans,”
Timi Hansen played bass for both Mercyful Fate from 1981 to 1985 and from 1992 to 1993, and for King Diamond as well from 1985 to 1987. During Hansen’s career he played on both Mercyful Fate and King Diamond’s most ground-breaking albums to date.
- Nuns Have No Fun (1982)
- Melissa (1983)
- Don’t Break the Oath (1984)
- Return of the Vampire (1992)
- In the Shadows (1993)
- The Bell Witch EP (1994)