Two months after the passing of former Children of Bodom frontman and founder Alexi Laiho, his cause of death has been revealed.
According to Kimberly Goss, his ex-partner to whom he was still legally married, Laiho died from “alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue,” along with a “cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.” Though Laiho’s death was first reported on January 4th, he actually died on December 29th, 2020.
Goss, a member of the band Synergy, married Laiho in 2002, but the two separated in 2004. At the time of his death, Laiho was married to Kelli Wright, but it was revealed that he had actually never legally divorced Goss, who thereby is considered Laiho’s legal widow.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Goss revealed Laiho’s cause of death saying:
“This morning I received the final forensic report with the official cause of Alexi’s passing. As his legal widow, I am privy to this information. The certificate reads in Finnish, “Alkoholin aiheuttama maksan rasvarappeutuminen ja haiman sidekudostuminen”. The English translation is, “Alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue”. Furthermore, he had a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.
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.”
Read her full statement below.
Laiho originally formed Children of Bodom as Inearth back in 1993. After a name change, the band went on to release ten albums throughout their career, including Follow the Reaper (2000), Are You Dead Yet? (2005), Blooddrunk (2008), and I Worship Chaos (2015). The band released their final album, Hexed, in 2019.
Following the split, Laiho formed Bodom After Midnight with guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children of Bodom), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz) and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa. Last month, the band revealed they will release their debut EP, Paint the Sky with Blood, on April 23rd in honor of the late frontman.