Alexi Laiho, the frontman of Children of Bodom, has died. He was 41 years old.
The vocalist and guitarist’s former bandmates broke the news on social media on January 4. Laiho died in his Helsinki home in the band’s native Finland last week. “Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years,” they wrote.
“More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever.” The message was signed by bassist Henkka T Blacksmith, keyboardist Janne Wirman and drummer Jaska Raatikainen.
One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the…
Laiho co-founded Children of Bodom with Raatikainen in 1993. Initially known as Inearthed, the band renamed themselves Children of Bodom to sign to Spinefarm Records. They released ten albums over the course of their career, becoming one of Finland’s best-selling artists of all time.
Children of Bodom announced their split in 2019, staging their final concert on December 15 that year. In a statement, Blacksmith, Wirman and Raatikainen shed light on their decision to leave the band, saying its five members “couldn’t find a shared viewpoint during these last few years,” as Metal Injection reported at the time.
After the dissolution of Children of Bodom, last year Laiho and fellow member Daniel Freyberg co-founded the supergroup Bodom After Midnight. News of Laiho’s passing was corroborated by Bodom After Midnight and their label Napalm Records.
“We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member,” reads their statement, which was signed by Freyberg, bassist Mitja Toivonen and drummer Waltteri Väyrynen.
Statement from Bodom After Midnight:
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho. We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member.
Daniel, Mitja & Waltteri pic.twitter.com/AohWJpfnFg
— Napalm Records (@NapalmRecords) January 4, 2021
The rock and metal world has paid tribute to Laiho, with Lamb of God’s Mark Morton, Marty Friedman, Trivium members, Nightwish, Megadeth’s David Ellefson and more taking to social media to remember him.
RIP, Alexi Laiho. Revisit Children of Bodom’s hits here: