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Former Sentenced Guitarist Miika Tenkula Found Dead At Age 34

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Blabbermouth.net reports: Miika Tenkula, former lead guitarist and main songwriter of the acclaimed Finnish band SENTENCED, was found dead at his home earlier today (Thursday, February 19). He was 34 years old.

Nalle Österman (GANDALF, LULLACRY, CHAOSBREED) tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET, "It's true, confirmed personally by [former SENTENCED] drummer Vesa Ranta.

"The fact remains that Miika had a serious drinking problem for many years which escalated after SENTENCED was buried. They don't call it King Alcohol for nothing...

"The metal scene in Finland mourns now for one of the most talented metal guitarists to ever emerge from [the country]."

The official cause of Miika's death has not yet been released.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

That's a shame. RIP.......

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 1:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. godlike writes:

Another death at such an early age.... F^CK..!!

RIP

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. weasel321 writes:

too young .... RIP

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Netromancer writes:

More than likely liver and kidney failure brought on by heavy alcohol consumption. Tragic. Especially since it could have been avoided.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

Netro: Either way, it's still too damn young man.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. godlike writes:

Ya know its kinda strange... Ive always heard there is a smartass in every crowd... Guess that means that there is a dumbass in every crowd too huh.??

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Netromancer writes:

To borrow a phrase from Oz.

Obvous troll is obvious.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

Stupid gnat keeps buzzing by my face *swats*

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Rubyred writes:

Sorry to hear that such a vibrant young life left this World much to soon: my heart goes out to the guitarist Miika highly acclaimed band SENTENCED (their an handsome bunch) from Finland & his Family/The Tenkula Family in the lost of your beloved one Miika Tenkula. May he rest in peace & your hearts be healed with time. Godbless.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BoltThrower writes:

The Underground has become an obituary this year.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. LordAssenfroth writes:

no sh** its like every week someone else has died. kinda sucks

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 4:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. anon writes:

"BoltThrower writes:

The Underground has become an obituary this year."

too true, it seems every week i check theres some repot of a musician who died young. gets depressing :(

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. gr8 str8 writes:

"& your hearts be healed with time."

Time heals nothing.

RIP Miika.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 5:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. luna writes:

all the atheists can say now...WHY??and probably someone say,,theres no god ''and why he let this happening...
i just wonder how many times ,,god ''has warning this young man not to drink so much....but he just couldnt see the signs.
im so sorry for this man...this is so sad.....

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 6:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. syclonus writes:

actually, luna, his death has nothing to do with god existing. completely unrelated. go preach somewhere else.

R.I.P.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Douglas writes:

This is very sad news.

Another young person gone far too early.

R.I.P.

Douglas Paul

Toowoomba
Queensland
Australia

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 6:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

fvckin sucks...I don't listen to them, but any talent wasted is a shame...

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. grim writes:

2009 the year of the dead metal musicians

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Malkah Hayyat al-Gaheem writes:

Damn. I know how to play his solo on "No More Beating As One." His style was one of my main influences on how I play now.

Rest in Peace.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 9:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. TimW writes:

What the hell, another great one gone again.....good lord this sh** has to stop.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 9:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. hukkunut writes:

Feels very nasty to know this
this year seems to be a nightmare damn!

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 9:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. bananaterracottapie1 writes:

#10 : OBITUARY! *bangs head*

But seriously, this is a f***in tragic loss. Loved the band, really dug the death-rock sound.

R.I.P

Np : Sentenced - Hearts Of Everfrost

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 10:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

Once again another brother lost. R.I.P *HORNS AND GLASSES UP*

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 11:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. InfernoNecrosis writes:

2009 is looking to be a grim year for metal.... RIP for Miika. But one has to admit to the humorous correlation to the alcohol and him being Finnish. :P Still, this is sad.

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 11:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I forgot the R.I.P part...

# Feb 20, 2009 @ 11:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. SlugEmperor writes:

sadly no one learns, nobody in Finland is going to slow down their drinking

# Feb 21, 2009 @ 12:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. wilco writes:

yeah what the f*** is going on this year all metal heads do seem to die
rip brother

well dont think its booze
i am still around and drink everyday

# Feb 21, 2009 @ 7:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Harvey Sanchez writes:

Our past is now where music is concern his path is a part of us. Thank for what you gave and where metal is you will alaways be. Brothers without nationality...
Harvey

# Feb 21, 2009 @ 12:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Terminator writes:

no one anywhere is ever going to slow down their drinking. man has been a drunken mess since the invention of beer/wine, and will continue on as such. you wanna live a long life? take care of yourself. true sh** happens that may doom you anyway, but welcome to reality. you live, you die, enjoy the ride while you can.

# Feb 21, 2009 @ 5:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. BoltThrower writes:

Terminator is right. We're a helpless breed. I'm drinking right now and yet wondering how a person could drink themself to death. Go figure.

# Feb 22, 2009 @ 12:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. SNAKE!!! writes:

this p*sses me off and to post 30 shut the hell up you motherf*cking b*tch your just like Machine Fag who always used to bash Dime for no reason except he was jealous, little boy are you trying to get attention, or are you jealous, or are you being a piece of sh*t retarded jack*ss?, maybe all the above, now back to the topic, this sucks, why are all the good musicians dying, the good ones always have to go first like Rhandy Rhodes, guitarist for Ozzy and Quiet Riot, it makes me sick, well, according to this what is said about this guitarist not only was he great, he also wrote his own lyrics, but they said he had a drinking problem, which led to the band's breakup, i heard about his death on youtube, when i was listening to songs from sentenced, the song was cross my heart and hope to die, anyway, this man will be missed, rest in peace my friend

# Feb 22, 2009 @ 4:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Himmy writes:

RIP .. i love his music :(.........

rain cms falling down :(

# Feb 23, 2009 @ 1:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Sami writes:

Inferno & Slug, who the f*** are you to judge how much we Finns drink/ should drink??? What do u know?? Ever even been to Finland, or just judging the whole Finnish metal scene based on a few backstage videoclips of Alexi Laiho? Besides, What are you guys, a bunch of monks?

# Feb 23, 2009 @ 9:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Txmetalhead writes:

To above poster(Sami Winchester?? joke) - everyone is different. I don't drink by choice, and I am far from a monk. I despise the taste of alcohol, and see how it has fukked up plenty of friends of mine. I am happy where I am at. I don't need a drink to enjoy life. ON the other hand, I am not going to be judgmental towards those who enjoy drinking...just not my thing anymore.

# Feb 23, 2009 @ 2:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Blackheart*915 writes:

It’s a disappointed tragedy incident that such a great artist is lost, = (
But he will be always be remembered forever in my life

# Feb 23, 2009 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Txmetalhead writes:

I will check Sentenced out as a sign of respect for a fallen metal warrior.

# Feb 23, 2009 @ 6:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. atounela writes:

R.I.P. Пусть земля тебе будет прахом!

# Feb 23, 2009 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Seren Levana writes:

Another metalhead dead? How many is that this year alone??

# Feb 26, 2009 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. zane writes:

yo luna that message is kinda rude and offecive tword atheists that isnt what God calls christians to do as a matter of fact he tells christians to love our neighbor as ourself he even calls it the second greatest commandment i dont think your message set a good example of christians broand o yeah im a christian and also a former atheist and drug addict and this man prolly never chose to look for the signs i hope God has mercy on this man and i pray that his life reflects on the dude that left the comment saying that he was drinking and that person changes his ways but you cant be Christ-like and be rude bro common man your message was unnessary abd as for the atheist people i will be praying for you cause i have been in your shoes and people with addiction problems i will pray for you as well cause i was addicted to oxycottin and addiction to anything is hard to beat but through a life with Jesus i did it and am happier than ever drug free all the voids that i was trying to feel with drugs are feeled with Jesus Christ man i lost my bro neice and nephew cause my brother had a void in his life he couldnt feel my mom died over a fight about a herion needle she got beat to death and my dad died in prison but god feeled that void and he can do the same for you STOP KILLING YOURSELF WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHAL LET GOD TAKE OVER STOP RUNNING FROM HIM HE LOVES YOU I PROMISE

# Feb 27, 2009 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Netromancer writes:

Zane. No disrespect to your message, but punctuation is your friend. It can only make you look better on the written page. Learn it. Know it. Live it.

# Feb 27, 2009 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. EschatologicalHumor writes:

Everyone in metal is dying lately! WTF?

Everytime I get a new RSS update from this site it's a death. I mean, sure, live the life, but don't destroy it. I thought writing and playing was an outlet for the sh**, not an extension...

Sad day in metal. RIP

# Feb 27, 2009 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Blah writes:

Its been the last few years ppl in metal keep dying, its not just this year.

# Mar 3, 2009 @ 5:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. D-DAVE writes:

Ive lost some friends at early age it hurts!!! Gotta get back to getting high on MUSIC.Once you come full circle/hit bottom time to Quit.GOD BLESS MIIKA TENKULA.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 5:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Magdalena writes:

RIP Miika Tenkula

# Mar 14, 2009 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Dee writes:

This is a shame because he was so fu**in young! I can't believe this s**t. This is a good band. Well R.I.P. Miika Tenkula \m/

# Mar 14, 2009 @ 7:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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