The painter and author had suffered from depression for years. His family therefore speaks openly about the cause of death. On the same evening of his tragic death, the royal family made a statement: “Ari has been an important part of our family for many years, and we keep warm, loving memories of him.”
“The family breaks a taboo”
Psychiatry professor Lars Mehlum now says in the Aftenposten newspaper: “The family acted very wisely. It breaks with a taboo. The reality is sad and tragic, but experience has shown that it is better for the bereaved if the issue is dealt with openly. »
Now further details about his death became known. The police officer on duty at the Oslo police, Morten Kahagen, confirmed in an interview with «Dagbladet» that the report of a death in Lommedalen had arrived at 4:47 p.m. local time. However, it is not known who reported the death. The police searched his house the same night. The doors are now sealed.
Big sympathy in Norway
Behn’s artist and friend Espen Eiborg mourns him on Instagram: “This planet will never be the same without you.”
Espen Eiborg is currently in Florida and now wants to go to Key West, where the American writer and Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway owned a house. Ari considered Hemingway his personal teacher. His books were Ari’s Bible. Now I’m going there and I’m going to lay a memorial stone for Ari, ”says Espen Eiborg. Ernst Hemingway committed suicide in 1961. Like Behn, he suffered from severe depression.
Hundreds of candles are burning in front of the church of Lommedalen and in front of the castle in Oslo, flowers are being laid. His manager Geir Hakonsund says: «The family is very grateful for this overwhelming sympathy. Ari Behn meant something to so many people, and it warms them to see it. From his marriage to Märtha Louise Behn leaves the three daughters Maud Angelica (16), Leah Isadora (14) and Emma Tallulah (11). (BSN)
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