Alexi Laiho’s cause of death has been revealed. According to his former SINERGY bandmate Kimberly Goss, to whom he was still legally married at the time of his passing, the ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman died of “alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue.”
Furthermore, Laiho had a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.
In January, Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reported that Laiho tied the knot with Goss in February 2002, and the couple never officially divorced.
Although Laiho filed for divorce in November 2002, he quickly withdrew the petition and never filed another.
At the time of his death, Alexi was reportedly married to Australian-born music publicist Kelli Wright. However, according to Finnish law, Laiho and Wright would not have been able to wed, as Laiho and Goss had never terminated their marriage.
In December 2017, Wright shared an Instagram photo of what she called her and Alexi’s “wedding day,” and described it as “full of love and magic“.
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.”
At the time of Alexi’s death, Goss was at her current home in Chicago, Illinois, while Wright was in Australia.
Goss moved to Finland in 1999 and stayed in the country for a number of years before moving back to the United States in 2012.
Laiho reportedly spent the last 10 months of his life in Finland.