Legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy has died at the age of 70, after a short battle with an aggressive form of cancer.
The vocalist (and bassist) found out he had the disease on Boxing Day and died two days later.
The news of his passing was announced by Motorhead on their official Facebook Page: “There is no easy way to say this. Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favourite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.
“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness – there aren’t words.
“We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please, play Motorhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music loud. Have a drink or a few. Share stories. Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. He would want exactly that.”
Tribute have been pouring in with Ozzy Osbourne & Mike Portnoy being among the first to pay homage:
Born Ian Fraser Willis in 1945, Lemmy got his foot into the world of music by joining Blackpool Rock & Roll band The Rockin’ Vickers in 1965. Around this time he became a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and took his biological father’s surname – Kilmister.
He joined Hawkwind in 1972 – providing vocals on their biggest chart hit, Silver Machine – but was sacked after being arrested in Canada on drug possession charges in 1975.
Later in the same year he formed Motorhead and the band soon became one of the leading forces in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. The height of their success easily being from 1975 to 1984.
The iconic rocker had suffered ill health in recent years, but he overcame those bouts and the band released their 22nd studio album back in August of this year.
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