Children Of Bodom Frontman Alexi Laiho ‘Will Be Sorely Missed,’ Says Agent

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Singer Alexi Laiho of the Finnish band Children of Bodom performs live during a concert at the Astra on March 27, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Alexi Laiho, renowned guitarist and frontman of Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, passed away at age 41 in late December, with agent Nick Storch of AGI calling the musician “a true artist.”

“Alexi was the epitome of a true artist,” says Storch, known for representing some of the most respected names in heavy metal. “I admired him not only for his incredible talent, but for his kindness towards every person he met. He will be sorely missed.”
Laiho died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week, according to a statement from Napalm Records, after suffering from long-term health issues.
The band was a fixture on the European festival scene, regularly playing events like Download, Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting and Wacken Open Air, and recently toured with Megadeth in the U.S. along with its own extensive headlining dates selling out venues such as the Warfield in San Francisco, the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., MTELUS in Montreal and many others. 
Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, an internationally acclaimed and touring band that performed its final farewell concert in December 2019. 
Laiho was also known for acts such as Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band, and was awarded with a Metal Hammer Golden Gods  among several other international prizes, including as thge main star leading a group of one hundred guitar players at Helsinki Festival in 2015 in “100 Guitars From Hel” – of which he composed the music.
“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel,”  Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen from Bodom After Midnight said in a statement.
The news followed an outpouring of condolences from the metal community, including artists including Trivium, Steve Vai, Amon Amarth, Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine and others showing Laiho’s influence and impact of Laiho.  
Bodom/Laiho are managed by  Steve Davis at Davis Entertainment Group, along with Amy Buck as a partner.