Breaking News: Ari Behn, former husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, has taken his own life

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Ari Behn, the former husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, died by suicide on December 25, 2019. He was 47-years-old. He leaves his former wife and their three daughters, his parents, and his two siblings. His manager Geir Håkonsund made an announcement on behalf of his family: “It is with great sadness in our hearts that we, the closest relatives of Ari Behn, must announce that he took his own life today. We ask for respect for our privacy in the time to come.”
Ari Behn’s former in-laws, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway made the following announcement: “It is with great sadness the Queen and I have received the message of Ari Behn’s passing. Ari has been an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm, fond memories of him. We are grateful that we got to know him. We grieve that our grandchildren have now lost their beloved father – and have deep compassion for his parents and siblings, who have lost their beloved son and brother. We pray that Ari’s immediate family will be at ease during this painful time.”
Ari Behn, whose birth name was Ari Mikael Bjørshol, was born in Århus, Denmark on September 30, 1972. He was the eldest child of Olav Bjørshol (born 1952) and Marianne Solberg Behn (born 1953), both teachers of the Waldorf School philosophy. In 1996, Ari changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother’s maiden name.
Ari was an author and his literary breakthrough was in 1999 with his collection of short stories, titled Trist som faen (Sad as Hell) which sold over 100,000 copies. He subsequently published two more books and in 2011 made his debut as a playwright with Treningstimen (Training Hour).  His books have been translated into six languages: Swedish, Danish, German, French, Hungarian, and Icelandic.
In addition to his writing, Ari also had other artistic and creative projects. Along with Baron von Bulldog, a fashion design company in Oslo, he launched a collection in 2004.  In 2007, he launched a very successful collection of glasses and dishes called “Peacock” for Magnor Glassworks.  In addition, he has made documentaries for television and worked as a writer for various publications including Dagbladet and Aftenposten
Ari married Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, the daughter of King Harald V of Norway,  at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002.  The couple had three daughters: Maud Angelica (born in 2003), Leah Isadora (born in 2005), and Emma Tallulah (born in 2008).  In August 2016, it was announced that the couple separated. They divorced in 2017.

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