Ex-Children Of Bodom vocalist and lead guitarist Alexi Laiho has died following “long term health issues” at the age of 41.
According to the official Instagram post of Alexi Laiho's new band Bodom After Midnight, the Finnish metal musician passed away at his home in Heklsinki last week. Although no cause of death has yet been revealed, the 41-year-old had reportedly been suffering from what was described as “long term health issues”.
Bodom After Midnight States:
"It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho." The band posted. "We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member. Our journey together as a band had only just begun so there’s no words to describe the shock and the bottomless grief that all of us feel."
"May your soul rest in peace, you will be eternally missed. We love you brother."
They continued. "Our deepest condolences go to his family. No further announcements nor interviews will be given at this time. We kindly ask to respect our need to process and go through this terrible situation in privacy. Thank you for your understanding and support."
Laiho with his band Bodom After Midnight recently begun to work earnest on their first album. Bodom After Midnight, you may recall, is the new project started by Children of Bodom lead guitarist and vocalist Alexi Laiho after Children of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen, bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith, and keyboardist Janne Wirman all left the band 2 years ago, taking the collectively owned CoB trademark with them.
Laiho has recruited Children of Bodom’s most recent member, guitarist Daniel Freyberg, along with drummer Waltteri Väyrynen of Paradise Lost, bassist Mitja Toivonen of Santa Cruz, and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa of Humangod. The release will be three songs and one accompanying music video, and which will be released later on posthumously.