Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Einar Håkan Lundberg, a Swedish rapper with a wide following and a support network stretching across the globe, was fatally shot Friday in Bergen, Norway. The 19-year-old had been riding a skateboard in Bergen when he was approached by an unknown gunman who opened fire. Lundberg died of his injuries.
“Einar Lundberg was an amazingly talented young man with a lot of hopes for the future. Even though the world has lost a great creator and human being, we are the creators,” he said in a post on Facebook.
Einar Lundberg. Norway Police via Facebook
News of his death sent shockwaves across Norway, where he had become an institution in the music scene with videos for several of his songs getting millions of views on YouTube. Hundreds, including those in the ranks of police, have paid tribute on social media.
Lundberg had generated attention earlier this month when he was arrested and released following a Facebook post where he stated “f*** Norway.” He faced charges for uttering threats and comments deemed inflammatory to an institution.
(By contrast, a widely followed Norwegian rapper, Anne Larsson, was among those arrested during 2016’s far-right march after she posted the lyrics to the song “Gotta Come Down” which translates as “Stay Down, Party Police.”)
In an interview with a Norwegian newspaper, the rapper expressed concern about the “very aggressive climate” surrounding Norway and violence among street gangs.
“I now feel more unsafe than ever before,” he said in the interview. “We’ve had very many murders of Swedish people this year so I’m not sure if it’s safe to go to the (Halle cinema). I am concerned about my safety, and that of my friends and family.”
For his part, police offered no immediate suspect description. Lundberg, whose second album “Dream Weaver” was released earlier this year, was originally from Norway but grew up in Sweden. He is also thought to have previously lived in Croatia.
Apostil Antoni Calle, a rising Swedish hip-hop star, canceled an appearance to accept an award on Lundberg’s behalf.