Mercyful Fate's Timi Hansen Dies After Cancer Fight was a top 19 story of Nov. 2019: King Diamond shared the sad news via social media that his Mercyful Fate bandmate Timi Hansen has died after a long battle with cancer.
Hansen revealed the cancer battle this past summer to explain why he was not taking part in a reunion of the band, with bass duties being handled by Armored Saint's Joey Vera.
King Diamond took to the band's Facebook page on Monday afternoon (November 4th) to tell fans about Timi's passing. He 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."