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Øystein Aarseth

Born: April 15 1968
Born in: Egersund, Norway

Øystein Aarseth

Øystein Aarseth /ˈøʏstɛɪn ˈɔʂət/ (22 March 1968 – 10 August 1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist. Euronymous was a founder of and central figure in the early Norwegian black metal scene. He was a co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. He was also founder and owner of the extreme metal record label Deathlike Silence Productions and record shop Helvete.

In August 1993, he was killed. Fellow musician Varg Vikernes was arrested and charged with the murder. In May 1994, Vikernes was found guilty of murder as well as multiple church arsons, and sentenced to 21 years in prison. In March 2009, however, his parole was announced. He had then served 15 years of his 21-year sentence. On 22 May 2009, he confirmed that he had been released from prison on probation.

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