Children of Bodom rocker Alexi Laiho dies aged 41


Children of Bodom rocker Alexi Laiho dies aged 41 as ‘devastated and heartbroken’ bandmates mourn his ‘sudden loss’

  • Alexi died at his home in Helsinki, Finland last week, he had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years 
  • The rocker was best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, who split in 2019
  • He later formed Bodom After Midnight with Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen
  • Laiho’s wife, Kelli Laiho-Wright, said in a statement to Louder: ‘Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken’ 

Children of Bodom rocker Alexi Laiho has died aged 41.

The death of Alexi, who was best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, was announced by his Bodom After Midnight bandmates in a heartbreaking tweet on Monday.    

Alexi died at his home in Helsinki, Finland last week, he had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years, a statement posted to his official Instagram page read.  

His bandmates wrote: ‘It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho. 

Rock legend: Children of Bodom rocker Alexi Laiho has died aged 41

‘We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member.’

The post was signed off by Daniel Freyberg,  Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen. 

His bandmates added: ‘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.’ 

Laiho’s wife, Kelli Laiho-Wright, said in a statement to Louder: ‘Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken.’ 

RIP: The death of Alexi, who was best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, was announced by his Bodom After Midnight bandmates in a heartbreaking tweet on Monday

RIP: The death of Alexi, who was best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, was announced by his Bodom After Midnight bandmates in a heartbreaking tweet on Monday

Tragedy: Alexi died at his home in Helsinki, Finland last week, he had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years, a statement posted to his official Instagram page read (pictured 2015)

Tragedy: Alexi died at his home in Helsinki, Finland last week, he had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years, a statement posted to his official Instagram page read (pictured 2015)

His sister added: ‘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 founded Children of Bodom in 1993, with the group splitting at the end of 2019. In 2020, he formed Bodom After Midnight. 

A statement from Bodom After Midnight’s management read: ‘Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. 

‘Last year Alexi Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.

Besides Children of Bodom, Laiho was known for acts such as Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band.

‘ Awarded with a Metal Hammer Golden Gods and several other international prizes, the guitarist was also the main star, leading a group of one hundred guitar players at Helsinki Festival in 2015 in “100 Guitars From Hel” – a massive concert piece he composed. 

‘The talented guitarist and musician relished his roles as stepdad in his patchwork 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. Laiho was particularly close with his big sister, parents and his sister’s daughter. Laiho’s sister says 

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