Ari Behn, a Norwegian author and former husband of the country’s Princess, Martha Louise, died on Wednesday after committing suicide.
Behn’s manager, Geir Hakonsund, who confirmed the death, said in a statement that his client died at the age of 47.
“It is with great sadness in our hearts that I on behalf of the very closest relatives of Ari Behn must announce that he took his own life today,” Hakonsund said in an email to AFP.
Behn, the author of several novels and plays, married Princess Martha Louise in 2002 but the couple divorced two years ago.
He published his first book in 1999, a collection of short stories whose English translation is “Sad as hell”.
He courted controversy in 2002 after marrying Martha Louise, the only daughter and eldest child of King Harald and Queen Sonja, as some persons deemed him as a controversial partner for the royal lady.
Behn and his wife, however, wrote a book about their wedding entitled: “From heart to heart”.
The couple had three daughters – Maud, Leah and Emma – but separated in 2016 before divorcing a year later.
Friends and public figures expressed their condolences, including the royal family.
“We are grateful that we got to know him. We grieve that our grandchildren have now lost their beloved father,” King Harald and Queen Sonja said in their statement.
The deceased published his last book, “Inferno,” in 2018, in which he detailed his struggle with mental health issues.