Motörhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister Passes Away At 70


Lemmy Kilmister, founding member, singer, and bassist of the legendary British rock ‘n’ roll band Motörhead, has passed away at the age of 70. According to the band’s official Facebook page, the rock icon had found out he had an aggressive type of cancer just two days prior to his death.

Lemmy, who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1945, was one of the greatest musicians in rock history, as well as the leader of one of the most loved and influential bands ever.

Famous for his raspy voice, facial warts, and recognizable mutton-chop whiskers, Lemmy rocked the world for decades, starting his musical journey with The Rockin’ Vickers prior to being recruited as the bassist for space rock band Hawkwind. After that, he formed Motörhead and the rest is, as they say, history. The loudest rock band in the world, which influenced countless metal bands to come, released 23 studio albums, including Overkill, Bomber, and Ace of Spades.

After informing the public of Lemmy’s death, the band requested that fans “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.’’

Here’s Motörhead’s announcement of the sad news:

There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely…

Posted by Official Motörhead on Monday, December 28, 2015

Lemmy’s fans and friends took to social media to pay tribute to the legend, share stories about him and, most importantly, listen to his music. Rest in peace, Lemmy.

I have just been told that Lemmy has passed away in LA.Like Phil, he was like a brother to me. I am devastated.We did…

Posted by Fast Eddie Clarke Official on Monday, December 28, 2015

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