R.I.P. Alexi Laiho

Children of Bodom guitarist dead

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Finnish metal guitar god Alexi Laiho has died at 41.

The date and exact circumstances of his passing have yet to be announced; reports have quoted ongoing health issues.

Laiho was one of metal’s most acclaimed and influential guitarists. After forming Children of Bodom as a 14 year old in 1993 with drummer Jaska Raatikainen, he became a superstar with a string of albums showcasing his blazing guitar work. The band split late 2019 after a final tour and he formed Bodom After Midnight soon afterward. That group recorded a handful of tracks.

Laiho also recorded and toured with Impaled Nazarene, Sinergy and Kylähullut and made guest appearances on albums by Annihilator, Death Angel, Marty Friedman and Warmen, among others.

Alexi leaves behind his Australian wife, Melbourne publicist Kelli Wright-Laiho and step daughter Shelby.