Band members of Alex Laiho’s spin-off group Bodom After Midnight brought the news with’ heavy hearts’

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Alexi Laiho, the guitarist and singer of Children of Bodom, has died at the age of 41

According to his label Napalm, Alex died at home in Helsinki last week after suffering from long-term health problems’

In a statement by his bandmates in Bodom After Midnight it says: “With a heavy heart and great sadness we must announce the death of Alexi Laiho We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member”

Laiho’s wife, Kelli Laiho-Wright, said: “Alexi was the most loving and greatest husband and father Our hearts are forever broken”

Alex founded the Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom in 1993 The group went on to become one of the best-selling Finnish acts of all time before splitting in 2019

The group released ten studio albums and two live albums, and posted chart positions on the Billboard 200 in America

They held their last concert – A Chapter Called: Children of Bodom – in Helsinki before they broke up

Alex also played guitar for a number of other bands including Sinergy, The Local Band, Thy Serpent, and Impaled Nazarene

In 2011 he was voted one of the 100 best heavy metal guitarists of all time by Guitar World, which also praised him as one of the 50 fastest guitarists in the world

Alex also cast a vote for the best metal guitarist of all time in a public poll by Total Guitar after receiving over 20% of the total vote

He started playing the violin at the age of seven before learning to play the guitar at the age of eleven after receiving a Tokai Stratocaster

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