Eric Hanson of Hammer + Sickle Cigars, 45, Dies

Eric Hanson of Hammer + Sickle Cigars, 45, Dies
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Hanson at Cigar Aficionado's Night To Remember dinner in 2015.

Eric Hanson, founder of Hammer + Sickle Cigars and executive chairman of Klin Groupe, LLC, died on June 8, 2018. He was 45 years old. Hanson is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his two daughters Caroline and Ella.

“It’s obviously hit us extremely hard,” Anthony Faletra, president and CEO of Klin Groupe told Cigar Aficionado. “It was an unexpected, sudden passing. He was one of the most innovative individuals I’ve ever known, in both the spirits and cigar sectors. He was also my best friend.”

Hanson debuted his first Hammer + Sickle cigar in 2010, a complement to his Russian Vodka brand bearing the same name. His portfolio of Russian-themed cigars would grow to include brands such as Hammer + Sickle Berlin Wall, Moscow City and Hermitage No 1. In 2015, he launched the Caleanoch, an innovative cigar line that utilized peat as part of its fire-curing process

“The company will carry on because of the path and the plan that Eric left for us,” Faletra said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer, Caroline and Ella, and the rest of Eric’s family.”  

Services for Hanson will be held on Thursday.