Alex Laiho, lead singer of the melodic metal band Children of Bodom, has tragically passed away. Laiho was aged just 41.
Laiho was born in Espoo, Finland, in 1979 and then formed his first band Inearthed in 1993. The group would eventually go on to change its name to Children of Bodom in 1997. The metal band had a staggering career together that saw them release ten albums throughout their 22-year career under the name of Children of Bodom. Their most successful record was 2008’s Blooddrunk, which landed at number 22 in the Billboard Chart and charted worldwide.
The Finnish group played their final concert in Helsinki, in 2019. The group’s split has since been attributed to creative differences between the rest of the band and Laiho. Following the split, Laiho then formed Bodom After Midnight. The band only recorded three songs as well as filming a video that will be released posthumously.
His bandmates in his current group, Bodom After Midnight, posted on social media: “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.”
A press release said Laiho had “suffered from long-term health issues during his last years” and his wife, Kelli Wright-Laiho, added: “Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken.”
Tributes have poured in on social media with Marty Friedman writing, “Absolutely gutted about Alexi Laiho’s very untimely passing. He had a lot more to left to say with his music.”
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine posted on Twitter: “So sad to hear about the passing of Alexi Laiho. We often toured together, he was truly an incredible talent. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
Meanwhile, Alex Skolnick wrote on social media: “Sad news. #AlexiLaiho created new possibilities in extreme metal with technically sophisticated solos that held their own alongside the best in more popularized metal genres. Didn’t know him well, but we had appearances together over the years. A good guy, far too young to go RIP.”
Listen to the band’s 2005 hit, ‘In Your Face’, below.