Alexi Laiho’s Widow Kimberly Shares A Statement Revealing The Official Cause Of His Passing
Late Children of Bodom lead guitarist and vocalist Alexi Laiho‘s legal wife Kimberly Goss shared a post on her official Instagram page revealing the forensic report of Laiho which revealed that he passed away due to a combination of drugs and his alcohol addiction, in addition to revealing the official cause of his death, Kimberly also expressed how important it’s to prevent deaths that caused by addictions.
As you might know, Alexi Laiho had a long history of alcohol abuse which he opened up about several times and stated how the pressures of life on the road affected him. He once explained how he used to drink heavily but cut back in 2013, not drinking while on tour anymore.
Unfortunately, a post on his official Facebook page which was shared on 4 January 2021, revealed that Laiho had passed away the previous week. No official cause of death was given during the announcement, and the death date was later confirmed to be 29 December 2020.
Since it was found out that despite being separated for years, Alexi Laiho and Kimberly Goss never officially got a divorce, as his legal widow Kimberly shared a post on her official Instagram page revealing the forensic report along with the official cause of Laiho’s passing.
Apparently, his alcohol abuse initiated his liver and pancreas to give up when it combined with painkillers, opioids, and a bunch of insomnia medication. Kimberly also stressed the importance of seeking help if somebody has an addiction since it is preventable.
Here is what Kimberly said:
“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.
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.
Rest in peace, beloved Wildchild”
You can see the Instagram post here.