It’s been a few months since the tragic passing of Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom/Bodom After Midnight), who died at the age of 41-years-old.
Laiho passed on December 29th 2020 after suffering from “long-term health issues during his last years”, with fans being made aware of his passing publicly on January 4th 2021. At the time, a more exact cause of death wasn’t confirmed.
His widow (the pair were long-separated but still technically married) and friend Kimberly Goss has now shared via Instagram his cause of death after being providing with a final forensic report, which states Laiho passed as a result of “alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue.”
The full statement can be read below.
“This morning I received the final forensic report with the official cause of Alexi’s passing. As his legal widow, I am privy to this information. The certificate reads in Finnish, “Alkoholin aiheuttama maksan rasvarappeutuminen ja haiman sidekudostuminen”. The English translation is, “Alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue”. Furthermore, he had a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.
The loss of this extraordinarily talented and beautiful soul is a tragedy that was entirely preventable. He had so many good years left in him. Imagine all the amazing music we could still be getting if he had just accepted help. I plead with anyone who is struggling with alcoholism or any other substance abuse problem, to please seek support. You do not have to meet this same fate. If people are trying to help you, remember that they are doing it out of love and concern, so please do not push them away. Please do not surround yourself with enablers who promote your addictions. Let this be a cautionary tale that no one is invincible.
I do not want his death to be in vain. My hope is to eventually start a memorial foundation or charity in his native, Finland to help others struggling with these same demons. This needs to be an open conversation, not a source of shame. We are all human, we all suffer, but help is out there. If his story can save even ONE life, then something good can come out of this horrible loss we have all endured.
Rest in peace, beloved Wildchild”
Alongside drummer Jaska Raatikainen, Laiho founded Children Of Bodom in 1993 through which the band released ten full-length studio albums, their final being 2019’s ‘Hexed’ before disbanding later that year.
Laiho then went on to form Bodom After Midnight, who recorded their debut EP, ‘Paint The Sky With Blood’, which will be released on April 23rd 2021 via Napalm Records. It will feature the final recordings of Laiho.
We here at DEAD PRESS! offer our deepest condolences to Alexi Laiho‘s family, friends, bandmates, and loved ones at this very difficult time.