Children of Bodom Frontman Alexi Laiho Passes In Helsinki

Alexi Laiho - photo credit: Terhi Ylimäinen
Guitarist Alexi Laiho, best known as the front man for Children of Bodom, passed away last week in his Helsinki, Finland home. No cause of death was given, but the 41-year-old had battled “long-term health issues” during his final years.

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Founded in 1993, Children of Bodom was one of Finland’s most acclaimed metal acts. Their farewell concert took place in December 2019. Alexi Laiho recorded three songs and shot one music video with his new group Bodom After Midnight, and that material’s release date is yet to be determined.

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

During his celebrated career, Lahio was also a guitarist for Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band.

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


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Initially named Inearthed, Children of Bodom’s first album was 1997’s Something Wild. Laiho was just 18 at the time, and in the ensuing years he would carve out a career as one of metal’s most acclaimed guitarists.