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Marduk’s ‘Evil’ Owns Skull & Brain Matter From Mayhem’s ‘Dead’ – Shocking Rock Stories of 2012

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One of black metal's greatest pieces of lore revolves around the 1991 suicide of Mayhem vocalist Per 'Dead' Ohlin. After the body of Dead was found by Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, it was rumored that he collected skull fragments from his late singer and sent them to fellow black metal bands whom he felt were "worthy."

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Marduk Guitarist Confirms He Owns Skull and Brain Matter From Mayhem’s Per ‘Dead’ Ohlin

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One of black metal's most famous legends revolves around the 1991 suicide of Mayhem vocalist Per 'Dead' Ohlin. For over 20 years, rumors have circulated worldwide about Mayhem guitarist Euronymous sending pieces of Dead's skull to other black metal musicians as a sign of deep respect towards their work and dedication to the genre. During our recent interview with Marduk's Morgan 'Evil' Steinmeyer Håkansson, the guitarist not only confirmed that he does indeed possess a piece of Dead's skull, but also lead fragments from the shot which killed Dead and a piece of his brain matter.

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