Alexi Laiho, former singer and guitarist of the Finnish metal outfit Children of Bodom, died, according to his label, of unspecified “long-term health problems”. Napalm Recordsand newest band. He was 41 years old.
Laiho has been the vocalist with Bodom After Midnight since his previous group split in 2019.
“We have to announce the death of Alexi Laiho with a heavy heart and great sadness,” said a statement by Bodom After Midnight. “We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member.”
The Children of Bodom website also posted a statement in honor of Laiho, which read: “One of the most famous guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, best known as the front man of Children of Bodom, has died in his Laiho had suffered from long-term health problems in his final years. More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world has lost a phenomenal songwriter and one of the greatest guitarists of all. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever. Our thoughts are with Alexi’s family during this difficult time. “
Children of Bodom were founded in 1993 by Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen under the band IneartheD and eventually changed their name to a name that comes from an unsolved Finnish murder case in which two teenagers were killed on Bodom Lake in 1960. Over the years the group released 10 studio albums of classic Scandinavian metal, combining elements of thrash and classic metal with a touch of classical music. After the band split in 2019, Laiho and rhythm guitarist Daniel Freyberg founded Bodom After Midnight.
“We are depressed by the sudden death of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the deep sadness we feel,” said Bodom After Midnight bandmates Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Vayrynen in a statement.
“Alexi was the most loving and greatest husband and father. Our hearts are forever broken,” said his wife Kelli Wright-Laiho.