Statement dated June 27, 2017
"On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s
representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that
I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s
most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away
quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle
with lung cancer. Michael’s joy and passion were
infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm
and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts
was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with
him. He is survived by his wife Catharina, and their
children Ellen and Arthur."
Description of Funeral:
July 21, 2017
Friends and family gathered today at
Katarina Church in Stockholm to celebrate the life of
Michael Nyqvist. At his burial service, there were many
familiar faces, which included film colleagues he had
worked with over the years, such as Sverrir Gudnason,
co-star in both "A Serious Game" and "My So-called
Father", Shanti Roney, Anastasios Soulis, who played
Michael's son in two films, Mikael Rahm, Kay Pollack,
Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre, Rafael Edholm, Anthony Edwards,
Eva Dahlgren, Mona Sahlin, David Dencik, Vera Vitali,
Pernilla August, Ingela Olsson, etc.
In describing the church service,
actor Leif Andrée said, "It was a fantastic, absolutely
outstanding funeral. Pompous, lovely, dramatic and fun
and nice. Just like Micke was. His amazing big heart
pervaded this as well. It was like a pulsating heart."
On the cover of the funeral program distributed to all
visitors, there was a portrait of Michael drawn by his
daughter Ellen. Poems were read and included "Gunnar
Ekelöf's "Envoi" as well as a poem written by Michael
himself. Among the songs performed were a Lutheran psalm
called "Lovely is the Earth" and the beautiful "Amazing
Grace" was sung by Barbara Hendricks. The Weeping
Willows singer Magnus Carlson ended the ceremony with an
interpretation of "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney and John
As most of you know, Michael was
adopted but eventually found his biological parents and
discovered his Italian heritage through his father.
Sadly, his father was too ill to attend the funeral but
his siblings Fabrizio and Beatrice attended.
Words from his widow Catharina:
She said, "Micke was absolutely sure
that he would be fine. He had so much hope and power."
After the diagnosis, they spent a lot of time together.
She added, "We suddenly were very much together and did
everything together as we always wanted. It was a very
For Michael, it was important that he did not become his
illness. He would keep working. Catharina described how
they both had difficulty understanding how serious it
was. She couldn't understand how he had lung cancer when
he was always healthy and sporty and never smoked.
At the end, he suffered from pneumonia and became very
ill. He was not hospitalized but received home care. A
nurse told Catharina the night before he died, "I just
want you to know that pneumonia is very serious and
there is a risk that it cannot be reversed."
Tearing up, Catharina explained how he had gone to the
bathroom and asked for help because he felt very dizzy.
She went to help him and then he fainted. She said, "I
did not think he could die."
In honor of Michael, the Royal
Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm presented a condolence
book where visitors could write a final greeting. A very
nice gesture from the theatre world.