THE LEGEND DEAD

"I'm a Satanicblasphemicchurchtombscriptchapelsdarkbooks made-of-human-flesh-and sacrifice-innocent babies-freak!!! I wear corpsepaint, serve my lord SATANAS and sacrifice to him..."
- DEAD, 1990.

"Something I study is how people react when my blood is streaming everywhere, but that's not why I do it. I like to cut, in others preferably, but it's mostly in myself. That I can't do it too often...makes me a bit mornful."
- DEAD.

"What I prefer in movies is when they're underground-produced or of the classical HORROR sort-not 'gore' but ESPECIALLY snuff, althought I haven't seen many snuff movies...I like to research how one reacts when watching real deaths, or preferably real corpses (not on video...)..."
- DEAD.

"He was a very strange personality. He was from Sweden, the old vocalist in a band called Morbid...some of the guys play in the shit band Entombed now. But he was an okay guy, a very nice fellow, but a bit melancholic and depressive."
- HELLHAMMER.

"...He was far away from Sweden and didnít know anyone because he wasnít the kind of fellow who could get in touch with people very easily. He just sat in his room and became more and more depressed, and there was a lot of fighting [with Euronymous]."
- HELLHAMMER.

"He was a very special person, a good friend. Very shy, very quiet. He didnít talk to many people. He stuck to himself and a few people he knew...Dead had extreme views about everything: he talked about being non-human, not belonging on earth. He told me stories that he was almost dying when he was a kid, because he was sleeping so deeply and his face turned blue, and he wanted to die when he was only two or three years old. They couldnít wake him when he was sleeping; I think it was something between deep sleep and unconsciousness."
- METALION / SLAYER MAGAZINE.

"I don't think anyone knew Dead that well. He just wanted to be left alone. He was a really special guy and his vocals and lyrics were fucking amazing."
- MANIAC.

"He hated cats. I remember one night he was trying to sleep. A cat was outside his apartment, so he ran outside with a big knife to get the cat. The cat ran into a shed and he went after it. Then you heard lots of noise, and screaming, and there was a hole in the shed where the cat came out again, and Dead ran after it with his big knife, screaming, hunting the cat, only dressed in his underwear. That was his idea of how to deal with a cat."
- BART 'FAUST' EITHUN / THORNS.

"...One time Euronymous was playing some synth music that Dead hated, so he just took his pillow outside, to go sleep in the woods, and after awhile Euronymous went out with a shotgun to shoot some birds or something and Dead was upset because he couldnít sleep out in the woods either because Euronymous was there too, making noises."
- HELLHAMMER.

"I honestly think Dead is mentally insane. How else would you describe a person who does not eat in order to get starving wound? Or who wears a T-shirt consisting of real funeral announcements? I've always wanted to have a guy like that in the band."
- EURONYMOUS.

"Dead's corpsepaint wasn't anything to do with the way KISS or Alice Cooper used makeup. Dead actually wanted to look like a corpse. He didn't do it to look cool. He would draw snot dripping out of his nose. That doesn't look cool. He called it corpsepaint."
- NECROBUTCHER.

"Euronymous tried to psych him out. He would tell Dead, 'We don't like you. You should just kill yourself.' Stuff like that."
- NECROBUTCHER.

"Dead's suicide didn't really surprise me. He was a strange guy, always talking about Carpathian castles and the Porphyrians and how this life is only a dream."
- HELLHAMMER.

"He spoke so much about death and killing himself that it wasn't that surprising. The surprising thing was that he killed himself in the spring. Everybody was looking forward to summer and suddenly he killed himself."
- BLASPHEMER.

"We have declared WAR. Dead died because the trend people have destroyed everything from the old black metal/death metal scene. Today "death" metal is something normal, accepted and FUNNY (argh) and we HATE it. It used to be spikes, chains, leather and black clothes, and this was the only thing Dead lived for as he hated this world and everything which lives on it."
- EURONYMOUS.

"Euronymous spread the rumor that [Dead] committed suicide because of the scene. That was not the reason for it, but he wanted it to look that way because then he could make more money and make him look more evil than he really was."
- HELLHAMMER.

"In some ways Euronymous used the suicide to promote Mayhem. He said that Dead killed himself because death metal was becoming a trend, but that's totally not true. He killed himself simply because he wanted to kill himself. I was kind of pissed off at the time because Euronymous was trying to gain from his death."
- MANIAC.

"He wasnít a guy that you could know very well. I think even the other members of Mayhem didnít know him very well. He was hard to get close to...He had a lot of weird ideas...Honestly I donít think he was enjoying living in this world, which of course resulted in the suicide."
- BART 'FAUST' EITHUN / THORNS.

"Dead didn't see himself as human; he saw himself as a creature from another world. He was very much into death and the other world. He said he had many visions that his blood has frozen in his veins, that he was dead. That is the reason he took that name. He knew he would die..."
- OCCULTUS.

"Euronymous took pieces of the brain and made a stew. He put in ham, frozen vegetables, and paprika. He'd always said he wanted to eat flesh, so he figured this was an easy way."
- HELLHAMMER.

"He was cool to hang out with, always weird to talk with. I remember him as a nice guy, really. I think he died cuz he was not happy! I donít believe in this thing that he wanted to join the other side or whatever."
- NAPOLEON PUKES.

"Dead was a great guy, silent, but really a great guy. It was a shame that he committed suicide."
- METALION / SLAYER MAGAZINE.