In the final stages of his [emphysema], Tom moved back to Helsinki. One evening, [Durk] Dehner received a call from Finland.
“You’ll never guess what I just watched on TV!”
It was the only time that the artist’s work was promoted in Finland during his lifetime, after being awarded the Puupäähattu Award by the Finnish Comics Society in 1990. Ilppo Pohjola’s documentary on Tom of Finland also won a Jussi Award.
“At the same time, the discussion was a kind of farewell. We both knew that time was running out. It felt important that he could experience all he had so deeply loved before his death. ”
Lung disease eventually took Tom’s power, and he died in November 1991.
Published: 7th November 2022Tags: Tom of Finland