In truly tragic news, Lemmy Kilmister, the founding member and notorious frontman/ bassist of Motörhead has died just two days after finding out he had cancer. Lemmy was 70 years old
His death was first reported by rock radio and TV host Eddie Trunk, a longtime friend of Lemmy. The news of his death has since been confirmed by several others including Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, who wrote on Twitter, “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”
Motörhead’s Facebook page released the following statement, “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 favorite video game from the Rainbow which had recently made it’s 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 Motörhead loud.”
Lemmy had been suffering from a number of other health issues, and was fitted with an implantable defibrillator to correct his irregular heartbeat. His health issues had also caused the cancellation of some of the band’s recent performances, but like the warrior he was, Lemmy remained an active member of the band he formed, right up to the time of his death.
Lemmy’s death follows the passing of Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor at the age of 61 in November.
Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister was born Staffordshire, England in 1945. He will be truly missed.