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Birth name: Per Yngve Ohlin

Of all the crazy tales and characters involved with the early Norwegian black metal scene, Mayhem vocalist Dead might be one of the most eerie tales known in metal history. At age 10 Per Ohlin suffered internal bleeding when his spleen ruptured, he was rushed to the hospital where he was announced clinically dead for a short period of time. His near death experience lead him to become obsessed with death and dying, and as a result was given the pseudonym "Dead". His fellow bandmates would later describe Per Ohlin as strange, depressing, introverted, and even clinically insane. His discomfort for life and obsession with death ultimately lead to him slitting his wrist and throat, and then shooting himself in the forehead with a shotgun. He left a brief suicide note which included an apology for firing a gun indoors.

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