The climate activist took to Instagram, revealing that Olof Thunberg had “passed away”. She posted: “Yesterday my grandfather Olof Thunberg passed away. He was about to turn 95. He was one of the kindest people I have ever known. We miss him terribly.”
The 17-year-old from Sweden also took to Twitter to post a series of heartfelt photos of her grandfather.
She said that her grandfather was “one of Sweden’s biggest actors”.
Beginning his career just after the war, Olof Thunberg worked as a director, actor and voice artist over a 75-year-long-career.
Olof acted in films and TV shows and later progressed to direct TV movies.
His most notable role involved his voice acting on the Swedish version of Disney’s The Jungle Book. Olaf played the role of the tiger Shere Khan in the film.
When her grandfather died, Greta was in Oxford meeting one of her ‘role models’ Malala Yousafzai at Lady Margaret Hall.
Posting on Twitter, Malala said: “She’s the only friend I’d skip school for.”
She became well-known when she was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan after campaigning for girls to be allowed to go to school.
After meeting Malala, Greta posted on Instagram and said: “So… today I met my role model. What else can I say?”
Malala won a Nobel Peace prize as a co-recipient in 2014 for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
The climate activist could join Malala in winning a Nobel Peace prize, as she was nominated in 2019 and 2020.
The winner of the prestigious prize will be announced later this year.
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Greta became famous after skipping school every Friday to protest against climate change.
The 17-year-old is currently on a gap year where she is attending climate strikes across the world.
She is now in the UK and will be joining the school strike for climate on Friday in Bristol.
Taking to Twitter, Greta said: “Heading for the UK! This Friday, the 28th, I’m looking forward to joining the school strike in Bristol!”
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