“We lost a brother”: Children Of Bodom pay tribute to Alexi Laiho
In a joint statement between bassist Henkka Seppälä, drummer Jaska Raatikainen and keyboardist Janne Wirman, the band members call Alexi “a phenomenal songwriter” and “one of the greatest guitarists of all time”, writing beautifully that: “Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever.”
“One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away,” reads the full statement. “The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children Of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.
“More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal songwriter 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.
“Henkka, Janne and Jaska.”
Alexi put together new band Bodom After Midnight in 2019, with his bandmates confirming that the music that they had been working on will be released posthumously.
“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member,” they say.“Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel.”
Alexi Laiho’s legal widow Kimberly Goss announces plans to “start a memorial foundation or charity” in Finland as she confirms the guitarist’s official cause of death.
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