Swedish heavy metal musician Jon Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on Wednesday, August 16 at his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm. He shot himself in the head and was surrounded by lit candles, Expressen reports. Shortly before the ritual suicide, he had sent farewell letters to his father and his girlfriend and explained to a friend, "I'm going away for a long, long time. I'm going to Transylvania."

Sometime between Monday (Aug. 14) and Wednesday, Nödveidt, vocalist and guitarist in the popular Swedish black metal band Dissection, chose to take his own life.

At 7:21 p.m. CET on Wednesday, a police patrol reported to the police communication center in Stockholm that a man had been found dead, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to several of Expressen's sources, the singer had placed an open copy of "The Satanic Bible" in front of him before pulling the trigger.

"He shot himself in the head and lay dead in a ring of lit candles," says a police source.

At 5:44 p.m. on Wednesday, the police received a 911 call from Jon Nödtveidt's family who hadn't been able to establish contact with him for a couple of days.

"They were very concerned," says his legal representative and manager, Per Nordqvist. "His girlfriend and his family called after their fears that something terrible had happened had been bolstered."

The reason for their concern was a farewell letter that Jon Nödveidt had sent to his girlfriend in Germany. His father, Anders Nödtveidt, had also received a postcard asking him to contact a number of people and thank them for everything.

"What it said is personal. I want to keep it to myself," Jon's father says of the postcard's contents.

"I met him in Stockholm just a week and a half ago. Everything seemed great then. I've always had good contact with Jon during his upbringing and throughout his adult life. I don't understand what has happened to make things turn out this way. This weighs even more heavily on us considering everything that has happened. This is very difficult for the entire family."

Jon Nödveidt's father likes the photo in which his son wears a black leather jacket and has asked for that picture to be published.

"It's a good photo. Jon thought so as well," says Anders Nödtveidt.

The suicide is believed to have been planned for a long time.

"At the scene there was also a will and a suicide note," a police source tells Expressen.

In December 1997, Jon Nödveidt was arrested for the murder of Josef Ben Meddaour and served seven years for accessory to murder and possession of an illegal firearm. The highly publicized murder in Gothenburg is depicted in the movie "Keillers Park". What has come to be known as "the Satanic murder" in Sweden has led to both a movie and a book.

"It affected me immensely," the movie's director, Susanna Edwards, tells Aftonbladet.

"Keillers Park", which is named after the park in Gothenburg where the murder took place, opened in theaters in Sweden in March 2006.

"Josef Ben Meddaour was a naive and open person with a big heart," says Edwards. "He was a victim of a grotesque act of homophobia."

The murder was also the basis for last year's "No Tears For Queers", a book about hate crimes by Swedish journalist and author Johan Hilton.

In 1997, at the time of the murder, Jon Nödtveidt explained that he lived in a world where Satan was God and that they drank blood and sacrificed animals. On Dissection's web site he revealed that he was a member of MLO Misanthropic Luciferian Order.

On September 22, 2004, two weeks after his release from prison, Jon Nödveidt talked to Expressen about the murder and his time in prison.

"I want to put the murder behind me and move forward," he told the newspaper. "It feels like I'm a new person after my time in prison. The time before the incarceration feels like another life. I've been through so much since. I've become more mature, older and look at life and death in a totally new way."

When asked about the crimes he was convicted of, Nödtveidt said, "No matter how you twist and turn it, it can't be undone. What happened happened and I must move forward with my life. I have taken responsibility for my actions by having served my time in prison. I'm not proud of the fact that I have to watch my mother cry, but I'm working with new strength and look ahead."

When asked if he regrets what happened, Nödtveidt said, "Out of respect to the victim's family, I don't want to discuss what happened. The only thing I want to say is that I'm not proud of it."

Josef Ben Meddaour was a 37-year-old Algerian homosexual man who was killed by a shotgun blast to the head and the back.

"I'm absolutely not a racist," Jon Nödtveidt told the newspaper. "There's nothing that makes me more sad and upset than people who say things like that. These are people who know nothing about me. Everyone who knows me knows that I have friends, brothers and sisters from all over the world."

"Jon was an open person who enjoyed life," explains his manager, Per Nordqvist, to Expressen. "He was easy to get along with and very accomodating. Still, what happened happened and that is something you always carry with you one way or another. All people have baggage."

Per Nordqvist tells Aftonbladet that the suicide of his friend has left him feeling totally empty and that it's terribly saddening.

"I've spent the last few years collecting the rights to his music," Nordqvist tells Aftonbladet. "Jon felt that he was losing everything during the time he was incarcerated."

Johan Hargeby at the Swedish distribution company Sound Pollution worked closely with Jon Nödveidt for 15 years.

"I met him as late as Monday (Aug. 14) when he was here for a short meeting," Hargeby tells Expressen. "I am shocked and dismayed."


Source: blabbermouth.net
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Posted: 19.08.2006 by Damnated



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Syk - 19.08.2006 at 18:38  
Sweden's emergency number is 911 too? Fucking. Americans.

That bit about Transylvania actually made me laugh, it's kinda stupid. And this latest piece of news makes the whole thing seem quite inconsiderate of his lady, his father and friends.

Ah well, respect, rest in black metal Jon. Or melodeath, if you prefer...
FECAL_FEAST - 19.08.2006 at 19:08  
The new Dissection album was pretty bad, but he didn't have to go so far as killing himself.
SkattleSkank - 19.08.2006 at 19:57  
@Syk: you know thats the firsat thing that i though aswell (regadring the 911 thing)

no offence and let him rest in that which he desired but the news article apeared to be making an idiot look smart. Transalvania? oh common that is incredibly satanic </sarcam> and that was incredibly selfish to his parents, girlfriend and just overall people who loved him. eh but whatever thats just my opinion.
RavenLord - 19.08.2006 at 20:24  
Hmmm...I thought he might have had a ritual thing going. Perhaps it's some kind of joke that he made the Transylvania reference; was Dead not wearing a 'I Love Transylvania' t-shirt when he committed suicide? Still, I really feel for his girlfriend and family, they must feel really shit right now, especially since they probably thought the bad days were over when he was released...
Muskot - 19.08.2006 at 23:22  
Written by Syk on 19.08.2006 at 18:38

Sweden's emergency number is 911 too? Fucking. Americans.

No, it's 112, but since it's the equivalent of 911 and 911 is more well-known, it says 911.
Metalguaska - 20.08.2006 at 07:23  
Although i didn't listen to Dissection, i think that, it's a very crappy way to go... i mean... Transilvania??? wtf??... respects for the guy's family, and friends, they have to be suffering right now... R.I.P Jon Nödtveidt


Written by Guest on 19.08.2006 at 23:22

Written by Syk on 19.08.2006 at 18:38

Sweden's emergency number is 911 too? Fucking. Americans.

No, it's 112, but since it's the equivalent of 911 and 911 is more well-known, it says 911.


It's 112!!??. here in Colombia is too... this is a small world isn't it??
Beer Fairy - 20.08.2006 at 10:01  
It is awful, i just start to like this band
Muskot - 20.08.2006 at 11:24  
Written by Metalguaska on 20.08.2006 at 07:23

It's 112!!??. here in Colombia is too... this is a small world isn't it??

Aye, it's a very small world. But we humans are even smaller, so we can't even begin to understand how small it really is. =)
-MeTaLlIc-OwL- - 20.08.2006 at 11:28  
Damn man, he seemed to be a good person, nice and all, but a Satanist, he might be a genius, but all geniuses are suceptible to insanity. Damn. Love his music.
Daru Jericho - 21.08.2006 at 01:02  
Isn't it 112 in Finland as well?

Anyhow, all my suspicions have been proven correct and I have no more questions to ask. I'm glad I read this. It just makes me feel better know I was right.
ItalktotheWind - 21.08.2006 at 01:58  
I was in Norway at the time, Im surprised I didnt hear about it. Anyways, I totally agree with a few of you that that was a very selfish thing to do. Maybe hes was really upset about the new album being terrible.
Søren - 21.08.2006 at 05:43  
What's with everyone calling the new album terrible? I can name a few hundred albums that are worse.

Anyway, I think this was planned for a long time ... in fact, the first time I read that Dissection was doing a "farewell tour," I thought Jon was setting the stage for an exit.
Syk - 21.08.2006 at 06:33  
Those calling it terrible are probably only comparing it to previous Dissection releases.

I also had a hunch it would be tied with his MLO/religion stuff, making a statement perhaps. Kids, don't commit suicide, it's stupid.

About the 911 thing, they should have just said "emergency number". Man, I hate America.
Damnated - 21.08.2006 at 13:00  
You know, he's not here. I mean I was searching for him, but nothing. I think he was joking afterall. Maybe he will be buried here? btw the emergency number here is 911 and 112 aswell.
BestMetalstormer - 21.08.2006 at 16:27  
That piece of news give 2 cases: 1/he died because of depression, he said he felt losing everything during the incarcerated time, 2/ he died because of his choice for Satanic devoutness. The case 2 is more reasonable, I remember one sites that have his final interview in which he said suicide was the way to show his faithful to Satan. Dissection's official site respected his choice
Damnated - 21.08.2006 at 19:48  
Written by BestMetalstormer on 21.08.2006 at 16:27

Dissection's official site respected his choice


What do you mean?
BestMetalstormer - 22.08.2006 at 17:01  
I meant the people at Dissection official site, some of them met Jon recent days before he killed himself. They agreed that people should respect his choice.
Damnated - 22.08.2006 at 18:57  
I see. I agree, evern if he took his life, we should respect his choice. But I don't respect the reason why he killed himself.
Lucas - 22.08.2006 at 20:48  
*112 in The Netherlands too.*

His choice.
Sunioj - 23.08.2006 at 15:18  
I wouldnt of done what he done, but it was his choice, he hasnt hurt anyone else and even though he did kill himself I respect him as a musical genius and a man of motivation. Not to mention one of my heros.

RIP JON

The new album isnt bad its differrent, the guitarwork is actually really good.
Damnated - 24.08.2006 at 00:42  
Posted at blabbermouth In a message posted in an invite-only black metal online forum, DISSECTION guitarist Set Teitan reportedly wrote: "This also [has] to be cleared up before it becomes another rumor, as [journalists], of course, invent things in their ignorance: It's not any atheist, humanist and ego-worshipping 'Satanic Bible' by Anton LaVey that Jon had in front of him, but a Satanic Grimoire. He despised LaVey and 'Church of Satan'."
^Necrolust^ - 01.09.2006 at 14:01  
Suicide fashion. RIP.
Dr. Doom - 26.10.2006 at 23:42  
Written by Daru Jericho on 21.08.2006 at 01:02

Isn't it 112 in Finland as well?

Anyhow, all my suspicions have been proven correct and I have no more questions to ask. I'm glad I read this. It just makes me feel better know I was right.


Yeah it's 112 in Finland
Stuart39 - 03.11.2006 at 05:56  
The new album was awesome as long as you realize its about Satanic Ritual, and Jon picked the correct music for the chants. It would not work with the old Dissection sound. Black Dragon is my favourite track, but Nexion 218, and Beyond the horizon are awesome.
I warn you, if you don't play this cd daily, Jon will come looking for you!
Jon is now officially the boogieman, He is Satans Riight Hand Man. Hails Jon!!

Most people will never understand suicide, but Jon felt that he did evreything he needed to do, and it was time too Show Lucifer his true faith to him. Jon killed himself in the name of SATAN. Is this a bad thing? Well Muslims do it daily in the name of Allah, and take innocent life with them.
Promonex - 03.11.2006 at 10:02  
Written by Guest on 03.11.2006 at 05:56
Jon killed himself in the name of SATAN. Is this a bad thing? Well Muslims do it daily in the name of Allah, and take innocent life with them.

It's islamists, not muslims. Get your facts straight.
Lucas - 03.11.2006 at 10:08  
Since when is it not muslim anymore? I thought it was the same. :/

Anyway, his comment does shed a new light upon it..
Promonex - 03.11.2006 at 11:21  
Muslims don't kill in the name of Allah, islamists do.

http://www.theturkishtimes.com/archive/02/02_15/opinion.html#a_akgunduz
pestifer - 16.01.2007 at 04:25  
it pissed me off that dissection went from black metal to sounding melodic death metal but it sux that jon died he was a great musician
pestifer - 16.01.2007 at 04:25  
it pissed me off that dissection went from black metal to sounding melodic death metal but it sux that jon died he was a great musician
Sunioj - 23.01.2007 at 17:14  
Written by Promonex on 03.11.2006 at 10:02

Written by Guest on 03.11.2006 at 05:56
Jon killed himself in the name of SATAN. Is this a bad thing? Well Muslims do it daily in the name of Allah, and take innocent life with them.

It's islamists, not muslims. Get your facts straight.


Dude you have no idea what you are talking about, and second go the Islam thread if you want to talk about the differrences.
Aebsi - 07.06.2008 at 03:03  
Written by Metalguaska on 20.08.2006 at 07:23

Although i didn't listen to Dissection, i think that, it's a very crappy way to go... i mean... Transilvania??? wtf??... respects for the guy's family, and friends, they have to be suffering right now... R.I.P Jon Nödtveidt


Written by Guest on 19.08.2006 at 23:22

Written by Syk on 19.08.2006 at 18:38

Sweden's emergency number is 911 too? Fucking. Americans.

No, it's 112, but since it's the equivalent of 911 and 911 is more well-known, it says 911.


It's 112!!??. here in Colombia is too... this is a small world isn't it??


Hehe talking about small world it's also 112 here in Iceland
Metalbound7 - 13.01.2009 at 01:25  
Wow and the whole life of Jon sounds like a dramatic novel or movie. I think he commited suicide because he reach a very happy moment in his life, and when he reach his goal he thought that it was time to pass away, sounds pretty crazy but those where Jon's belifs. If you analize them sound pretty logical.
In_tallica - 07.10.2009 at 03:11  
No matter what his believes were, his music will live on forever!
Inshushinak - 03.01.2010 at 19:45  
112 in sweden is the emergency number
FreddeSwede - 17.09.2010 at 23:23  
Considering how fucking awesome Dissection's first 2 albums are, I couldn't care less about the quality regarding Reinkaos. Dissection is still as good as it gets in terms of melodic black metal, 17 years after their first album came out.

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