Lars Ulrich Shares Emotional Tribute To His Late Father aka Heavy Metal Gandalf

Lars Ulrich, the drummer from Metallica, paid tribute to his late father, Torben Ulrich, in a heartfelt Instagram post.

He shared a special portrait of himself and his dad, along with these words:

“So touched that this amazing portrait of me and my dad (aka Heavy Metal Gandalf) is featured in my buddy Marc Hom’s super cool exhibition, ‘Re-Framed,’ at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY. It’s on display until September 2. If you’re around, go take a peek. MARC HOM. RE-FRAMED. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY. May 25 – September 2, 2024.”

Remembering Torben Ulrich’s Passing

In December 2023, Ulrich shared the sad news of his father’s passing on Instagram. He wrote:

“Torben Ulrich: 1928-2023. 95 years of adventures, unique experiences, curiosity, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo, tennis, music, art, writing… and a good dose of Danish stubbornness. Thank you endlessly! I love you, Dad.”

Many musicians, like Sebastian Bach, Alex Skolnick, and Matt Sorum, reached out with their condolences for Lars at the time. Later, Lars posted a grayscale photo of Torben and opened up about his feelings, saying:

“Since my dad’s passing 10 days ago, I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences, messages, stories, and memories from people whose lives he touched in so many different ways. It’s been surreal, to say the least.”

He added:

“This has been a truly surreal time for me, and I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for every single word, sentiment, and emotion you’ve shared with me. It means the world… Thank you, thank you, thank you…”

Torben Ulrich’s Life and Legacy

Born on October 4, 1928, in Denmark, Torben Ulrich was a professional tennis player, clinching the Stuttgart Open title in 1953 and participating in over 100 Davis Cup matches. He was also passionate about jazz, playing clarinet in a jazz band during the 1950s and forming an experimental music group in 2005.

You can view Lars’ post below.

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