The surviving members of the Norwegian black metal band WINDIR have issued a statement confirming reports that vocalist Terje "Valfar" Bakken was found dead on Saturday, January 17.
"Terje left his home Wednesday [January 14], when he did not return his family got worried and contacted the police. Saturday [January 17] our greatest fear was confirmed. Terje was found dead at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. It seemed as if Terje was on his way to the family cabin at Fagereggi. Due to the cold weather and deep snow the trip became much harder than Terje expected. When he realized that he would not be able to reach the cabin, he tried to make his way back down. Unfortunately he did not make it. Terje was found just above Reppastølen. Forensic evidence says that Terje died of hypothermia. This tragic accident has made these times extremely difficult for his family, band members and friends.
"Terje was buried at Stedje church Tuesday [January 27].
"We hope you will respect his memory and let Terje's closest mourn in peace.
"A great man has passed away, but his music lives forever.
"Hváll, Steingrim, Sture, Strom & Righ."