Former CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho’s cause of death has been revealed via his legal wife and former SINERGY bandmate Kimberly Goss.
Laiho died of “alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue”, as well as a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.
The 41-year-old Alexi passed away on December 29, 2020 at his home in Helsinki, Finland and had been struggling with long-term health issues.
In announcing the cause of Alexi’s death on Instagram, Kimberly wrote: “The loss of this extraordinarily talented and beautiful soul is a tragedy that was entirely preventable. He had so many good years left in him. Imagine all the amazing music we could still be getting if he had just accepted help.
“I plead with anyone who is struggling with alcoholism or any other substance abuse problem, to please seek support. You do not have to meet this same fate. If people are trying to help you, remember that they are doing it out of love and concern, so please do not push them away. Please do not surround yourself with enablers who promote your addictions. Let this be a cautionary tale that no one is invincible.
“I do not want his death to be in vain. My hope is to eventually start a memorial foundation or charity in his native, Finland to help others struggling with these same demons. This needs to be an open conversation, not a source of shame. We are all human, we all suffer, but help is out there. If his story can save even ONE life, then something good can come out of this horrible loss we have all endured.”
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