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 the Finnish metal band – was announced by his Bodom After Midnight bandmates in a heartbreaking tweet on Monday.
Alexi – known as Wildchild – 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. The musician’s cause of death is unknown.
His bandmates wrote: ‘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.’
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: ‘Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken.’
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 Jaska Raatikainen under the name Inearthed.
Children of Bodom released their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Something Wild’ in 1997.
They went on to score six number one albums in Finland and became one of the country’s best selling acts with more than 250,000 records sold there alone.
The group split at the end of 2019 with Alexi and Daniel Freyberg going on to form supergroup Bodom After Midnight in 2020.
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Source: Daily Mail