Timi Hansen (28 October 1958 – 4 November 2019) was a Danish bass player. He played in the Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate[1] from 1981 to 1985 and from 1992 to 1993, and its successor project King Diamond from 1985 to 1987.[2]

Timi Hansen
Born(1958-10-28)28 October 1958
Died4 November 2019(2019-11-04) (aged 61)
GenresHeavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1978–2019
Associated actsMercyful Fate, King Diamond

He played with his fingers rather than with a guitar pick.

Many have asked about how Hansen acquired "Grabber" as a nickname. Timi apparently used to play a Gibson G3 Grabber. A music store clerk began to call him "Grabber" and the name stuck. Aware that the meaning might be misunderstood, he slowly changed his stage name, Timi Grabber, back to his real name, Timi Hansen.

Personal lifeEdit

On 1 August 2019, King Diamond announced that Mercyful Fate would play on Copenhell and some tour concerts, but Hansen would not attend and was replaced by Joey Vera. He explained through Livia Zita's account that he was fighting cancer.[3]

Hansen died on 4 November 2019, one week after his 61st birthday.[4]


With Mercyful FateEdit

With King DiamondEdit


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Mercyful Fate". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: King Diamond". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Livia Zita-Bendix". Facebook.com. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ "MERCYFUL FATE Bassist TIMI HANSEN Dies After Battle With Cancer". Blabbermouth.net. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.