Sigrun Øen, Mother Of Magnus Carlsen, Passes Away At 61

Sigrun Øen (1963-2024), a chemical engineer and the mother of 16th World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, passed away in Oslo on Tuesday at the age of just 61. She died peacefully with her family around her after suffering a long illness.

Sigrun was the mother of the world chess champion and three daughters, Ingrid, Ellen, and Signe, and the husband of Henrik. Ellen shared the news of her mother’s death in a Facebook post that linked to a memorial page: “My dear, good mother and the children’s grandmother passed away far too soon. The loss is great.”

On the page Henrik writes: “Farewell my dear irreplaceable Sigrun. Thank you for everything for more than 41 years.”

The sad news explains Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Grand Chess Tour event in Croatia.

Sigrun was a rock of support for Carlsen during his chess career, with the family taking a European trip together to enable a young Magnus to pursue his chess dreams.

The funeral will take place on July 17, with the family suggesting donations to cancer research as an alternative to flowers.

We extend our condolences to all Sigrun’s family and friends. May she rest in peace. 

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