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Over the years, the group released 10 studio albums of classic Scandinavian metal, combining elements of thrash and classic metal with touches of classical music.
Alexi Laiho, former singer and guitarist of Finnish metal outfit Children of Bodom, died due to complications from unspecified "long-term health issues," according to statements from his label, Napalm Records, and most recent band. He was 41.
Laiho had been singer of the band Bodom After Midnight since his former group broke up in 2019.
"It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho," reads a statement from Bodom After Midnight. "We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member."
Children of Bodom's website also posted a statement honoring Laiho, which read: "One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years. More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi's music will live forever. Our thoughts are with Alexi's family during this difficult time."
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