The metal world mourns the death of Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho (tributes)

Earlier this morning it was revealed that Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist Alexi Laiho – best known for founding and performing in Children of Bodom until the band split in 2019, along with his work with Bodom After Midnight (ex-Children of Bodom, ex-Santa Cruz, Paradise Lost), Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut, The Local Band and other acts – had died last week in his home in Helsinki, Finland. “Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years,” confirmed a message released by Napalm Records, Bodom After Midnight’s label. No official cause of death has been shared, Alexi was 41.

Speaking on the tragic news, Bodom After Midnight’s Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen stated that they were “crushed by the sudden passing” of their friend and band member. “Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel,” they added. Laiho and Freyberg formed Bodom After Midnight after Children of Bodom came to an end, inking a worldwide (excluding Japan) deal with Napalm Records just last month. With this morning’s heartbreaking news, Napalm Records also noted that Alexi and Bodom After Midnight recorded three songs and shot one music video last year, which “will be released later on posthumously.”

More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother,” said Children of Bodom’s Henkka Blacksmith, Janne Wirman and Jaska Raatikainen. “The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever. Our thoughts are with Alexi’s family during this difficult time.

The announcement of Laiho’s passing has no doubt sent a somber shockwave throughout the metal community, with metallers all across the world reacting to the terrible news. “Alexi Laiho was a monumental talent & a genuine, caring & thoughtful person,” said Lamb of God’s Mark Morton. “He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Alexi.”

Queensrÿche guitarist and songwriter Michael Wilton posted, “I am in shock – just heard of friend and renowned guitarist Alexi Laiho’s passing. On behalf of myself and Queensryche we send our deepest condolences to his band mates, family and fellow friends. RIP brother.”

Testament shredder Alex Skolnick shared, “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.”

Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy) expressed his feelings, “Rest in Peace, Alexi Laiho. 41 is way too young. A lovely guy whose talent stood out from our generation of Metal musicians. I will always have the utmost respect for him, he will be sorely missed in the Metal world. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.

Horror rocker Wednesday 13 wrote, “Waking up to the news of my friend Alexi Laiho passing. The talent from this amazing Soul will live on forever. We had so much more Music to make together. Rest In Peace brother.

President and CEO of Dean Guitars Evan Rubinson tweeted, “Alexi Laiho was one of my all-time favorite guitar players. I remember my father flying me up to Chicago as a teenager to see Children of Bodom & then a year later meeting alexi @DeanGuitars when he offered me a cig at 14 & my mom yelled at him haha #RIP #alexilaiho #guitarist.”

Rest In Peace to another musical hero,” said Trivium’s Matt Heafy. “Without Children Of Bodom’s Something Wild, Hatebreeder, and Follow The Reaper – Trivium likely wouldn’t be here. You will be missed Alexi.

NO!!! Alexi was such an incredible soul,” declared Shadows Fall’s Brian Fair. “Always so much fun to be around. They took shads on our 2nd tour of Europe and it was one of the most memorable runs we ever did. I am truly heartbroken by this. Shred on in the beyond Alexi. Blessing to his family + friends #RIPAlexiLaiho.”

A hero of my generation! Such a talent. He will be missed! RIP Alexi,” added Nightwish singer Floor Jansen.

The outpouring of love for Alexi goes on and on. See more tributes below.


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