In 1992, he created a scandal when he received Spellemannsprisen (the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy awards) visibly drunk and/or under the influence of drugs. Still, one must not dismiss his lyrics as being shallow drinking songs. All his lyrics, including the much-played and catchy Øl ("Beer"), have a deeper tone describing his harsh lifestyle with drugs, alcohol and general anxiety towards the society and the people close to him. In the mid-90s, Jokke had developed a heroin addiction, and had several stays at rehabilitation clinics. By the turn of the millennium, many of his close friends believed that he had conquered his inner demons.
However, he died suddenly of a drug overdose in October 2000, aged 36. In 2005, a double tribute album entitled "Det beste til meg og mine venner" (The best to me and my friends) was released, which featured cover versions of Jokkes best known work from Norwegian artists. Later this year (around christmas time) a single was released featuring three previously-unrelased songs, called Tomgang. It is rumoured that Christopher Nielsen's Free Jimmy's drug addict elephant is based on Joachim. Christopher neither denies nor confirms it (although the film is dedicated to Joachim and his name is quoted before the final credits). Read more on Last.fm.
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