He Aitua | "Blanket Man" Ben Hana (Ngati Whatua) has died (+video)

He Aitua | “Blanket Man” Ben Hana (Ngati Whatua) has died (+video)

Wellington street personality Ben Hana (Ngati Whatua), more commonly known as “Blanket Man”, has died.

Hana, 54, died in Wellington Hospital at 3.35pm today, a Capital and Coast District Health Board spokeswoman confirmed.

Authorities had become increasingly concerned about his health in the past few weeks.

It was not known what he died from. However, he was suffering medical problems stemming from heavy alcohol use and malnutrition, lawyer Maxine Dixon said.

Hana was famous in Wellington and further afield, with fans creating Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia internet sites in honour of “Blanket Man” (links below).

At least one song has been written about him and T-shirts emblazoned with his cartoon image have been sold.

During the debate over the proposed Wellywood sign near the airport, an image of Hana was suggested.

  • Te Puna

    I can hear them now ‘the black man has gone!’ He wasnt really treated well from the ‘friendly’ Wellintonians/Whiteys. I gave him my leftover food from lunch one day & the ungrateful prick threw it back at me! Haha i laugh about it now. But i still felt sorry for him. Maybe if it was a bag of dope then probably wouldve been a different story lol. Still sad though. RIP old man.

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