On Monday, the metal world was shocked to learn that Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho had died at the age of 41. Not only was Alexi a virtuosic genius on the guitar, he was also a proud supporter of all things metal who rescued the genre during one of its more mirthless eras. Now, Alexi’s widow Kelli Wright-Laiho has come forward to thank the musician’s fans for their outpouring of support during this difficult time.
On an Instagram post from last night featuring an all-black square, Kelli included the caption, “Thank you all so much for your beautiful energy and support. I’m taking time out to grieve our enormous loss with our immediate Finnish and Australian family. Understandably, as you are, we’re completely broken but wanted you to know, We love and appreciate you all so much.”
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Alexi’s death was officially announced Monday, though it was implied in a statement released by Laiho’s label Napalm Records that the guitarist’s health had been suffering for some months, and that his actual date of death may have been over the recent holiday break. No one within Alexi’s camp has revealed a specific cause of death, but the same statement noted that “Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.” Alexi apparently died in his Helsinki home last week.
“Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father,” said Kelli at the time of the announcement. “Our hearts are eternally broken.”
“We are all absolutely shocked and devastated,” says Laiho’s sister. “We ask for privacy and understanding during these hard times. My little brother’s funeral will take place privately.”
Everyone at The Pit sends their heart out to Alexi’s family, friends, fans and collaborators during this difficult time.
Words by Chris Krovatin