Motorhead bassist and vocalist Ian Fraser Kilmister died in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 70.
Kilmister, known by the band’s fans and the rock community as Lemmy, passed away after a short battle with cancer, according to a statement on Motorhead’s 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,” the statement read.
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, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
The British-born musician founded Motorhead in 1975 after being fired from his previous band Hawkwind. The band would go on to produce 22 studio albums and nearly a dozen live albums that would sell tens of millions of copies worldwide.
Lemmy’s health had deteriorated in recent years. The musician once claimed to drink a bottle of Jack Daniel’s daily early on in his career, but in an interview with the Guardian in August, the notorious frontman said he had recently switched to vodka for health reasons.
Tributes quickly poured in for Lemmy from fellow musicians and friends:
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.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
only artist in 13 years of TV that insisted on a call time not before 3P,bottle of JD in dressing room, & showed up with strippers. Awesome!
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) December 29, 2015
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 29, 2015
Oh my. Lemmy got let in on the big secret. One of the greatest rockers of all time. Amazingly unique incredible bass player. My hero. Wow.
— Flea (@flea333) December 29, 2015
— ❌ Nikki Sixx ❌ (@NikkiSixx) December 29, 2015
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 29, 2015
Very sad to hear of Lemmy's passing. We've lost a true, true legend. RIP pic.twitter.com/vVVckaeZXM
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) December 29, 2015
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