Nuclear Blast have reported that globally renowned guitarist Alexi Laiho passed away in his home in Finland last week, having suffered long term health issues.
Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children Of Bodom in 1993 and the band went on to gain international acclaim. While their farewell concert was held in December 2019, last year Laiho formed Bodom After Midnight and the three songs and one music video created will be released in the future.
Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen from Bodom After Midnight said: “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.”
Alexi was a family man, relishing his roles of stepdad, uncle and godfather and in his later years he managed a great balance between family and touring.
His younger sister said: “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.” Alexi also had family in Australia.
Kelli Wright-Laiho said: “Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken.”