Former Children of Bodom singer Alexi Laiho died at age 41 in December due to complications from "alcohol-induced" liver degeneration, according to his Sinergy bandmate/wife Kimberly Goss.
"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," wrote Goss -- who was married to Laiho at the time of his death, though they had been separated for years -- in a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday (March 4).
"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."