Finnish newspapers and are reporting that Miika Tenkula, former lead guitarist and main songwriter of the acclaimed Finnish band Sentenced, was found dead at his home earlier yesterday (Thursday, February 19). He was 34 years old. Miika Tenkula was also the band's original vocalist from 1989 to late 1992.

Nalle Österman (Gandalf, Lullacry, Chaosbreed) tells, "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.

Band profile: Sentenced
Posted: 20.02.2009 by Jiii

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MFH91 - 22.02.2009 at 13:30  
R.I.P Miika...he was a great guitarist..I'm a still big Sentenced fan...I can not understand that:-[:noidea::hopeless::cry::cry:
Agremas - 22.02.2009 at 23:54  
From now, I'll listen to Nephente (and other songs) with a bitter taste. Rest in Peace, Miika!
BigMan23 - 24.02.2009 at 14:04  
Lower the flags
A good man has passed
He has reached the last of frontiers
Lower the flags
Down to half-mast
For again the world has taken a turn for the worse
... R.I.P. ...:nono:
Lapkritis - 25.02.2009 at 22:40  
R.I.P. Miika Tenkula.
Wintermute - 01.03.2009 at 06:35  
What a waste. He was an amazing songwriter.
Powerslavex - 07.03.2009 at 13:49  
Rest In Peace Mika
Kap'N Korrupt - 09.03.2009 at 03:30  
Why would it say they don't know the official cause of his death when that entire blurb talked about how he had a drinking was probably kidney failure or something...
Lord Pisi Pisi - 14.03.2009 at 14:40  
What a pity
Sentenced Odiin - 27.04.2009 at 12:20  
I ever hoped that Senteced will maybe give us a world tour years later their funeral. But it remains just a dream, after Miika's death...RIP...
Resurrected Wolf - 11.06.2009 at 17:39  
Why should a guitar hero die?
I really liked him...

Rest in Peace Miika
Sorrow - 01.08.2009 at 21:39  
I just saw this! So sad... I will listen to the song "Mourn" for him...

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