Sr. "Kon-Tiki" passed away quietly in his home in Italy on the 18th of April 2002, at the age of 87. As one of the most famous Norwegians ever, he accomplished many different things in his life, but his name will always be intimately tied to the Kon-Tiki voyage and the archaeological investigations on Rapa Nui and East Polynesia. He was awarded a state funeral in Oslo on the 26th of April 2002, but his final resting place is on the family estate at Colla Micheri in Italy.
Martinsson-Wallin, Helene and Wallin, Paul
"Thor Heyerdahl 1914-2002,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 16
, Article 1.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol16/iss2/1