Ari Behn is remembered as someone who always saw the people around him, was generous and a breath of fresh air. The royal family and his many famous friends express sorrow.
Ari Behn was open to the fact that life was not always easy to live. On Christmas Day, he took his own life, 47 years old.
He is reffered to as a person who always saw the people around him, welcoming and open to other people. He is also described as a breath of fresh air in the royal family, colorful and a sometimes provocative man.
He leaves behind the three daughters Maud Angelica (16), Leah Isadora (14) and Emma Tallulah (11), whom he has with his ex-wife, Märtha Louise.
– A good friend
The royal family and his many well-known friends are overwhelmed by grief over his passing away.
– Ari was an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm memories of him. We are grateful that we got to know him. We are grieving that our grandchildren have now lost their dear daddy, says King Harald and Queen Sonja in a statement.
Outside the Castle, late Christmas Eve, candles were lit and flowers laid.
– For us, Ari was a good friend, a dear family member and an amazing uncle, with whom we shared many of life’s small and big moments. It is with great sadness that we have received the message of his passing away. We were all very fond of Ari, says Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit in a statement.
– Unique flower
Many of Ari Behn’s friends say they are in shock over the message. Photographer Per Heimly, who had several exhibitions with his close friend, says he is in bottomless sadness.
– I am crushed and pray for calmness to digest this incredible tragedy that has hit us all, Heimly writes on Facebook.
– You carried a light in you, an old glow, a rare heat, now I understand that darkness took you, it hurts, writes actor and artist Mikael Persbrandt on Instagram.
Celebrity stylist Jan Thomas describes his close friend as a “unique flower in the flora”.
– He always went his own way and that was one of the things I admired him so much for. I found a lot of myself in Ari, and the bond between us was strong. And in many ways I feel that it will still be like that, he writes in a memory word, reports Dagbladet.
– Set tracks
Trond Giske (Ap) says Behn always saw the people around him. Giske is the father of Behn’s eldest daughter, Maud Angelica.
– I wish all of Norway had been given the opportunity to get to know the good person you were. I wish you yourself understood how good you were, he writes on Facebook.
Ari Behn debuted as a writer in 1999 with the short story collection “Sad as fuck”, but became very famous when he married Princess Märtha Louise in 2002. By royal house experts, Behn is described as a breath of fresh air in the royal family, and a colorful person who left traces with those he met.
– Ari was a warm, talented, colorful man, who really left his mark on everyone he met on his way, says Se and Hør royal house expert Caroline Vagle.
In addition to being an open person to other people, he was also open about the darkness he wore, leading to his death.
In an interview with Dagbladet Magasinet last fall, Behn talked about his book “Inferno”. In the book he writes about the divorce with Princess Märtha Louise in 2016 and how he has had it on the inside in the time afterwards.
– I called the book “Inferno” for a reason. It is about the grief of everything that was not, and the process of purification, the attempt to reinvent oneself and new routines. To get through the dark and black, he said.
On the cover of the book, Behn wrote: “I am a bitch. I’ve always been too intense. Full of words and far too much power. Out of balance. Either – or. Silent and ongoing. Shy and shameless. I couldn’t hold back. I let it burn. “
In the interview, he also told about when he was picked up by ambulance and taken to hospital with panic attacks, where he thought he was going to die.
Even before the divorce, he was open about the darkness he wore. Before publishing the book “Vivian Seving etc.” in 2009, the author was interviewed by Massiv’s free magazine. There he told me, among other things, that he was depressed and lonely and a very difficult person to live with.
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