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Cause Of Death Revealed For Ex-Children Of Bodom Frontman Alexi Laiho


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The cause of death has been revealed for late Children Of Bodom/Bodom After Midnight frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho. According to Kimberly Goss, whom Laiho married in 2002 and is said to have never officially divorced, his December 29th, 2020 death was the result of ‘alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue’. He was also found to have a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system at the time of his passing. He was 41-years-old.

Goss‘ statement can be read below:

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“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”

In the months prior to his passing, Laiho had been fronting his new band Bodom After Midnight. That group reunited him with his ex-Children Of Bodom bandmate Daniel Freyberg and their debut EP “Paint The Sky With Blood” will see a release on April 23rd through Napalm Records.

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