MUSIC NEWS: Children Of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho Passes Away Aged 41

Children Of Bodom‘s founder and frontman, Alexi Laiho, has passed away aged 41. The guitarist and vocalist died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week after suffering from health issues during his last years. 

Alexi Laiho formed Children Of Bodom with drummer Jaska Raatikainen in 1993, becoming one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland. The band performed their final farewell show in December 2019. Last year Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.

Aside from Children Of Bodom, Laiho was known for acts including Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band. He was also awarded a Metal Hammer Golden God alongside several other international prizes. 

“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel,” says Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen from Bodom After Midnight.

Laiho relished his role as stepdad in his family, and as uncle and godfather. Especially during the last years, the important family ties brought a welcomed balance to his life and the active touring. Laihowas particularly close with his big sister, parents and his sister’s daughter. 

“We are all absolutely shocked and devastated. We ask for privacy and understanding during these hard times. My little brother’s funeral will take place privately,” adds Laiho’s sister.

Alexi Laiho will also be deeply missed by his family in Australia.

“Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken,” Kelli Wright-Laiho says.

Bring The Noise UK sends our condolences to Alexi Laiho‘s family, friends and colleagues. 

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