The iconic and legendary drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich has posted a special photo of Timi Hansen via his official Instagram account and penned a really emotional letter about the late music icon, Timi Hansen.

Yesterday, Timi Hansen passed away at the age of 61. He was fighting with a cancer for a long time.

Today, Lars Ulrich wrote an emotional letter for Timi who he called the person who shaped the Metallica’s sound, and he told some special story about their friendship.

Here is Lars’ touching letter:

“Incredibly saddened to hear the news of Timi Hansen’s untimely passing.  He was not only a close friend of mine and a close friend of the band’s, but he was part of a musical force that helped shape Metallica’s sound, direction & desire to be in a hard rock band. Timi was, of course, the OG bass player in Mercyful Fate, who most of you hopefully know have played a significant role in our history.

Along with his fellow bandmates, King, Hank, Michael & Kim, they welcomed us to Denmark in 1984 with open arms, let us use their rehearsal studio where we wrote songs for the “Ride the Lightning” album, leaned us their equipment, showed us the best of Copenhagen, became our partners in crime….

Over the years we enjoyed endless amounts of incredible moments together, including an almost complete reunion at our 30th Anniversary shows at the Fillmore in 2011.  And ultimately, again as most of you know, we recorded 12 minutes of their finest musical moments as the track “Mercyful Fate” on the Garage Inc. album in ’98 and have enjoyed playing that occasionally over the years with various members joining us for their respective parts.

Timi Forhelvede man, tak for de fede minder og for de fedeste stunder!

Rest In Peace.”

You can see the Instagram post right below.

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Incredibly saddened to hear the news of Timi Hansen’s untimely passing.  He was not only a close friend of mine and a close friend of the band’s, but he was part of a musical force that helped shape Metallica’s sound, direction & desire to be in a hard rock band. Timi was of course the OG bass player in Mercyful Fate, who most of you hopefully know have played a significant role in our history. Along with his fellow bandmates, King, Hank, Michael & Kim, they welcomed us to Denmark in 1984 with open arms, let us use their rehearsal studio where we wrote songs for the “Ride the Lightning” album, leant us their equipment, showed us the best of Copenhagen, became our partners in crime….Over the years we enjoyed endless amounts of incredible moments together, including an almost complete reunion at our 30th Anniversary shows at the Fillmore in 2011.  And ultimately, again as most of you know, we recorded 12 minutes of their finest musical moments as the track “Mercyful Fate” on the Garage Inc. album in ’98 and have enjoyed playing that occasionally over the years with various members joining us for their respective parts. Timi Forhelvede man, tak for de fede minder og for de fedeste stunder! Rest In Peace.

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