Gerd Miriam Thoreid is dead, 96 years old. She was better known by the artist name GT-Sara.
The daughter Elin Thoreid Sykes confirms the death to Hamar Arbeiderblad on Sunday afternoon.
– She was admitted there after a fall. She fell asleep quietly after an operation, says Sykes who spoke to her mother as late as Saturday morning, Sykes told Romerikes Blad.
GT-Sara was known for combining music with jokes of the rougher kind, and was active in her work until recently.
She held her last concert at Strømmen shopping center on 31 October this year. Earlier in October, she was on stage for five nights at the stand-up club Latter in Oslo.
“Gerd GT-Sara Thoreid fell asleep quietly on Saturday night. Thank you to all of you who have followed her “, writes the 96-year-old’s fan page on Facebook on Sunday.
Oldest record debutant
Thoreid was first on the TV screen in 1974 and participated in programs such as “Do you feel like you are allowed”, “Do you remember” and “Rorbua”.
In 2007, she released the album “GT-Sara on the go with Full Roll”, and at the age of 83 became the oldest record debutant in Norway ever. The album was on the VG list for two weeks. The song “Balloonvisa” went to the top of Norsktoppen and was on the Norsktopplisten for six weeks.
She later released three more albums.
Romerikes Blad interviewed her as late as September this year, when she celebrated her own 96th birthday.
– I have not tasted what it is like to be 96 years old yet. The phone started ringing at half past six this morning, so I’m still walking around in my underpants, she said.
Learned to play guitar from dad
In recent times, GT-Sara has appeared in TV programs such as “Senkveld” on TV 2 and “Trygdekontoret” on NRK.
When VG interviewed Thoreid after the success on the VG list in 2007, she said that she grew up with nine siblings in Hamar. Her father was a preacher and he was the one who introduced her to the guitar.
– He taught us three tricks. C, D and A. There was a lot of singing and playing at home, she explains. But at school it was song she got the worst graduation grade in, GT-Sara told VG.
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