Kimberly Goss, to whom Alexi Laiho was married for nearly two decades, has took to Instagram to pay tribute to to the former CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman.
Goss, Laiho‘s former bandmate in SINERGY, shard a few personal snapshots of her with Alexi, with following message: “My first true love, my band mate and my best friend. The silver lining throughout this entire pandemic is that we were given the gift of having so much quality time together. Our marathon FaceTime calls, the endless text messages and phone calls at all hours of the day and night will stay with me forever.
“I am so comforted by the fact that we were able to reflect on our lives together both on and off the stage and to cherish our continued friendship that has remained in tact for all these years.
“Allu, my heart is both full and broken at the same time,” she continued. “Not many people are able to have nothing left unsaid with someone whom they had such a long, rich history with. You gave me peace and left me with zero regrets in the months and weeks before your tired body finally gave out. I thank you so very much and I’ll love you forever and always.
“You and Tommi [former SINERGY drummer Tommi Lillman, who died in 2012] are together again and I can hear the joy and laughter coming from the two of you, as if it were yesterday.
“You will always remain in the hearts of us who knew and loved you and your legacy will live on forever in the music you blessed the world with.
“Close your eyes my darling. You’re asleep now and finally at rest.
“I love you Allugator, –Kimberly (or ‘Kani‘ as you affectionately called me)”.
Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded CHILDREN OF BODOM in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. Last year Alexi Laiho put together BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.
Besides CHILDREN OF BODOM, Laiho was known for acts such as WARMEN, SINERGY, KYLÄHULLUT and THE LOCAL BAND. Awarded with a Metal Hammer Golden Gods and several other international prizes, the guitarist was also the main star, leading a group of one hundred guitar players at Helsinki Festival in 2015 in “100 Guitars From Hel” – a massive concert piece he composed.