Swedish actor and music legend Janne ‘Loffe’ Carlsson dies aged 80

Janne 'Loffe' Carlsson, one of Sweden's most beloved actors and a drummer legend who played with Jimi Hendrix among others, has passed away at the age of 80.

Swedish actor and music legend Janne 'Loffe' Carlsson dies aged 80
Janne 'Loffe' Carlsson in 2008. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Born in Stockholm in 1937, Carlsson had his major acting breakthrough playing the soldier Loffe in Swedish TV series 'Någonstans i Sverige' 1973-1974 – the character that gave him his nickname.

Most of the public knew him for his comedy parts in popular Swedish movies such as 'Repmånad' (1979) and 'Göta Kanal' (1981), but he is also considered one of Sweden's foremost jazz percussionists.

“A great artist has left us,” newspaper Aftonbladet's music critic Jan-Olov Andersson said.

Some of his albums in the 1970s. Photo: Ragnhild Haarstad/TT

Carlsson released several albums throughout his career and played together with a number of other well-known musicians, including Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin.

As part of psychedelic jazz rock duo 'Hansson & Karlsson' he played together with American rock legend Jimi Hendrix, who was a known fan of the duo and went on to record one of their songs, 'Tax Free'.

As part of duo 'Hansson & Karlsson' in 1967, with Bo Hansson on the Hammond organ. Photo: TT

Carlsson passed away at the age of 80 after a long illness, his family said. “The most generous, loving person I know left us today. I love you so much, dad,” his daughter Sara Carlsson wrote on Facebook.