CHILDREN of the Bodom singer Alexi Laiho has died aged 41.
The frontman’s current band Bodom After Midnight announced his “sudden” passing saying they were “devastated and heartbroken”.
The rocker died at his home in Helsinki last week, his management said.
However his cause of death is not yet clear although it has been reported that he had been suffering from long-term health issues.
Born in Finland in 1979, the rocker formed metal band Children of Bodom in 1993 before they split up in 2019.
The band released ten studio albums and are one of Finland’s biggest selling musical acts having scored hits on the US Billboard 200.
Alexi formed Bodom After Midnight with bandmate Daniel Freyberg in March last year and recorded three songs with the group before his death.
In a press release, his sister said: “We are all deeply shocked and broken by grief.
“We hope the whole family will have peace to get through this difficult time.
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“My little brother will be buried in the family circle.”
In the same statement, Bodom After Midnight said: ” It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alexi Laiho.
“We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken for the sudden loss of our dear friend and band member.”
The press release describes the rocker as a “stepdad, uncle and godfather” who was close to his family.