Arild Arnardo, the former director of Cirkus Arnardo, died peacefully in Lillesand on Monday afternoon, 78 years old.
The family confirmed the information in a press release to news bureau NTB.
Arnardo died with his loved ones around him.
Arild Arnardo was seven years old when his father, Arne, started Circus Arnardo in 1949, and in 1987 he and his wife Bjørg took over the operation of Norway’s oldest circus.
Together, Arild and Bjørg Arnardo were awarded the King’s Medal of Merit on March 16, 2015, with a subsequent audience with the King and Queen at the Palace.
Arild Arnardo leaves behind his wife Bjørg, their two children Are and Helen, and two grandchildren.
Today, his son Are is the director of Cirkus Arnardo.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today