Princess Martha Louise of Norway’s ex-husband Ari Behn, 47, takes his own life, royal family reveal in heartbreaking Christmas Day announcement
- The ex husband of Norway’s Princess Martha Louise has died by suicide aged 47
- Ari Behn, 47, who divorced from Martha in 2016, was father to her three children
- King Harald said: ‘It is with great sadness that the Queen and I have received the message of Ari Behn’s passing’
They said Ari Behn, who was the father of Martha Louise’s three children, had taken his own life
The ex husband of Norway’s Princess Martha Louise has taken his own life, it has been announced tonight.
Ari Behn, 47, who was the father of Martha Louise’s three children, died by suicide, the Royal Palace confirmed in a statement on Christmas Day.
In a statement this evening, King Harald said: ‘It is with great sadness that 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 dear father, and have deep compassion for his parents and siblings, who now have lost their dear son and brother.
‘We ask that Ari’s immediate family get some rest during this difficult time.’
Geir Hakonsund, Mr Behn’s manager, said on behalf of his family: ‘It is with sadness in our hearts that we, the closest relatives of Ari Behn, announce today that he has taken his life.
‘We ask for respect for our privacy in the coming time.’
The ex husband of Norway’s Princess Martha Louise has taken his own life, it has been announced tonight. The Royal Palace confirmed the news in a statement on Christmas Day (Princess Martha Louise of Norway and her husband Ari Behn pose with their daughter Maud Angelica as they leave the Rikshospitalet in Oslo May 3, 2003)
In 2017, Mr Behn accused disgraced actor Kevin Spacey of allegedly groping him under the table at a Nobel Peace Prize concert.
Recalling the alleged incident in 2007, he said: ‘We had a great talk, he sat right beside me.
‘After five minutes he said, ‘hey, let’s go out and have a cigarette’. Then he puts his hand under the table and grabs me by the balls.’
Behn said he put Spacey off by telling him: ‘Er, maybe later.’