In recent years, the guitarist and singer have suffered from long-term health concerns, according to a press release.
Alexi Laiho, frontman of the internationally popular Finnish death metal band Children of Bodom, has passed away at the age of 41. His bandmates from his current group Bodom After Midnight revealed the news on social media, saying, “It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho. We are completely saddened and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member,” reads a press release, stating that he had been “suffered from long-term health problems. His wife, Kelli Wright-Laiho, said, “Alexi was the most loving and awesome husband and father. Our hearts are broken beyond measure. “Laiho, who was celebrated for his virtuoso guitar skills in the metal scene, was born in 1979 in Espoo and started studying the instrument as a teenager. In his mid-teens, he founded the group Inearthed, influenced in the early 1990s by the gritty, burgeoning metal scene throughout Scandinavia, as well as classic heavy metal.
The band changed its name to Children of Bodom in 1997, a reference to the murder of three teenagers at Lake Bodom in Espoo in 1960. Their debut album, Something Crazy, was released in 1997, and their fame grew with each subsequent hit, becoming the first of six Finnish chart-toppers with the fourth album, Hate Crew Deathroll (2003). Their success then went global, and in the U.S. and the UK Top 50, their 2008 album Blooddrunk reached # 22, a rare achievement for a death metal release. 10 studio albums and two live LPs have been released. The group disbanded in 2019, performing one final concert in December of the same year in Helsinki, after which they formed Bodom After Midnight.
Laiho was also part of the Sinergy and Kylähullut (Finnish for ‘village idiots’) bands, and the Finnish supergroup The Local Band was formed in 2013. Laiho was a guest musician with Impaled Nazarene and Thy Serpent earlier in his career, and Testament’s Alex Skolnick said Laiho “created new possibilities in extreme metal, with technically sophisticated solos that rivaled the best of the more popular metal genres.”