TNT Keyboardist Dag Stokke Dies

TNT keyboardist Dag Stokke has passed away following a battle with cancer.

Former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell issued the following statement via his blog:

“I can’t believe I am writing these words. Sadly, this morning I have to say goodbye to Dag Stokke, my long time friend and keyboardist for TNT, who has left us today way too young. He fought a hard battle with dignity, courage and optimism. I will always see him in my mind, smiling at me from across the stage. A gentle giant, a huge spirit, truly an angel on this earth. I loved him very much as did so many that he touched in his brief time here. My thoughts are with his son Jonathan and his family and friends. Have a good journey my friend. I will miss you dearly.”

Stokke, who was 44 years old, began his tenure with TNT in 1987. He played on every TNT record since 1992’s ‘Realized Fantasies,’ including the band’s latest effort ‘A Farewell to Arms.’

In addition, Stokke was a mastering engineer and member of the Norwegian hard rock act Vagabond. The band released two albums: a self-titled album in 1994 and ‘A Huge Fan of Life’ in 1995.