Alexi Laiho, an award-winning guitarist and frontman of the band Children of Bodom, is no longer with us. Laiho passed away last week at his home in Helsinki, Finland. The renowned musician had suffered from long-term health problems in recent years.
The news was announced in a statement posted on the Twitter account of independent label Napalm Records, from Laiho’s supergroup Bodom After Midnight.
Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children Of Bodom in 1993. The metal band played their farewell show in December 2019. Then last year, Alexi Laiho formed a Bodom After Midnight ensemble around him, recorded three songs and a clip, which are yet to be released.
In addition to Children Of Bodom, Laiho gained a high reputation through his work in bands such as Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band. Over his more than a 20-year long career, Alexi has received many international awards including “Best Shredder” and “Best Metal Guitarist” by Guitar World magazine. He was globally recognized as one of the world’s most extreme guitar virtuosos, Laiho was also ranked consistently as one of the best guitarists in the world.
Laiho’s guitarist idols included Mark Knopfler and Deve Straits, as well as Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde. His taste in music extended from side to side: he liked the glam rock band Poison and the black metal band Darkthrone, and occasionally listened to Mozart and Beethoven.
Alexi reportedly had some problems with alcohol in the past. He experienced intense anger and anxiety that he sought help from a psychiatrist. On the other hand, he said, “Anger also serves as an internal combustion engine for my creativity.”
Alexi Laiho turned 41 years old. The death of Alexi Laiho tears a large hole in the middle of his family in Australia. “Alexi was the most loving and best husband and father. Our hearts are broken forever, ” said wife, Kelli Wright-Laiho.
“More than 25 years of friendship. We lost our brother. The world lost a phenomenal songwriter and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever.” – Jaska Raatikainen, Henkka Seppälä and Janne Wirman.
Rest in peace, Alexi.
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