As reported by Blabbermouth, a new interview through Helsingin Sanomat involves former Children of Bodom members: Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä (bass) and Janne Wirman (keyboards).
The cause of death behind Laiho’s passing was due to alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue. In this new interview, the former band members speak to the reason behind the band’s split prior to Laiho’s passing – the reason being that of Laiho’s alcohol abuse.
Initially, back in 2019, the three band members said they were leaving the band to help out their families – but this was not apparently the case. In this new interview, the three speak to how Alexi Laiho’s drinking began to have a serious impact on the band; at one point during the band’s career, Laiho had made promises to the band to cut down on his drinking, and while he stuck to that for for some time, he eventually went back to drinking. Per Wirman, Laiho “went into a tailspin again in 2016.”
In 2019, the band’s manager brought up the idea of going to a rehab to Laiho, and while the late singer agreed to see a doctor, he opted to not go to a rehab.
The band also go into earlier years in their career where they saw Laiho drinking in very concerning ways. Raatikainen recalls at one point going to Alexi, “I told Alexi that you don’t usually drink starting at breakfast before a gig, and now you don’t even warm up with the guitar before going on stage like you always do.”
It is so horribly heartbreaking to hear how much Laiho suffered. We hope that he is at peace now and is free of any pain.
If you want to read the full interview yourself, you can find that here.
Words by: Michael Pementel