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Miika Tenkula of SENTENCED Dead at 34

February 20, 2009

Miika Tenkula, founding member of Finland’s SENTENCED has passed away today, as reported by Blabbermouth.  The official cause of death has not been released.

Nalle Österman (GANDALF, LULLACRY, CHAOSBREED) reported, “It’s true, confirmed personally by [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].”

Tenkula was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of SENTENCED, which disbanded in 2005.  He was also the band’s original vocalist from 1989 to late 1992.