Hans Erik Dyvik Husby (15 June 1972 – 19 November 2021), also known as Hank Von Helvete , was a Norwegian musician most famous for being the lead vocalist of the punk rock band Turboneger from 1993 to 2009. He died today. In recent years, he has made a living as a solo artist and actor. He had a resounding success in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar in 2009,
Von Hell’s former band Turboneger is most well known for their tongue-in-cheek humor dealing with homosexual aesthetics and punk rock antics, and the formation of a genre they label death punk. The band formed in the late 1980s and put out a few records before disbanding in 1998 when von Hell’s heroin addiction made him unable to perform. After going through rehab, Turboneger reunited in 2002, but the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2009. The main reason for this was his new lifestyle as a sober family man.
Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby has written two crime novels together with the journalist Harald Gautneb. He is also behind the cookbooks Helvetes God Grillmat og Helvetes Gode Burgere. (Hell’s Good Barbecue Food and Hell’s Good Burgers).
In 2009, he had a joint No. 1 hit alongside Maria Solheim in the Norwegian Singles Chart with Rom For Alle. The song stayed at No. 1 for three weeks including the Christmas chart for 2009.
Von Hell played the title role in Cornelis, a Swedish film from 2010 about the singer-songwriter Cornelis Vreeswijk.
On 6 June 2011, von Hell, alongside his new band Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult, released their first album I Declare: Treason.
In late 2011, he was a judge in the Norwegian TV series Idol. His biography was released in Norway October 2012, written by writer and poet Håvard Rem, where he speaks openly about his life so far.
On Turboneger`s Facebook we could read this,
It is with immense sadness we received the tragic news that Hans-Erik «Hertis» Dyvik Husby has passed away. We are thankful for the times, the moments and the magic we shared with Hans-Erik in Turbonegro during the years 1993-2009. As a charismatic frontman who equally channeled humor and vulnerability, Hans-Erik was crucial for the band’s appeal. He was a warm and big hearted human, a spiritually and intellectually seeking person who loved having a conversation with anyone.
We are proud of what we created together as rock brothers in Turbonegro – the music, the characters, our whole universe. Hank Von Helvete remains an iconic figure in the history of Norwegian rock and popular culture, and also made a mark as a profile in the international rock´n´roll community. Actor, romantic and entertainer – through his life Hank left no doubt that he was a man for the stage, loving the spotlight and the room’s attention. Our thoughts and hearts go to his family. Rest In Peace