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Alexi Laiho, the guitarist and frontman of the Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom, has passed away at the age of 41.

Napalm Records confirmed the news this week.

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Alexi Laiho passed away in his Helsinki home last week following a battle with long-term health issues. Laiho was best known as the frontman and guitarist for Children Of Bodom and the metal supergroup Bodom After Midnight.

Napalm Records released a statement to CNN on Monday confirming the news of his death.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho,” the statement says.

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Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen formed Children of Bodom all the way back in 1993. Soon after, the band went on to become one of Finland’s most internationally acclaimed metal acts up until their farewell concert back in December 2019. To date, Children of Bodom have sold over 250,000 albums in their native Finland.

Additionally, Laiho created the supergroup Bodom After Midnight last year. Together, the band recorded three songs and shot a music video, set to arrive posthumously.

Laiho’s bandmates Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen released a joint statement following the news of his death.

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“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel,” they say.

Over the years, Laiho has received various awards for his trailblazing career in metal music. Guitar World Magazine readers even voted Laiho the Best Metal Guitarist. As well, the guitarist led a group of one hundred guitar players at the 2015 Helsinki Festival. Together, they performed “100 Guitars From Hel,” a massive concert piece completely composed by Laiho.

Fans, friends and fellow musicians have taken to social media to honor Alexi Laiho and the legacy he leaves behind in metal music.

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Our thoughts go out to Alexi Laiho’s family during this time.