We are hugely saddened to report that British rock n’roll icon and founder of Motorhead, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, passed away last night at his LA home at the age of 70. Having battled with illness on and off over the last couple of years, Lemmy found out that he had an aggressive form of cancer only a couple of days ago. The news was first reported online by Lemmy’s good friend Ozzy Osbourne (among others), with the following statement being posted shortly afterwards on the Motorhead Facebook:
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 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 Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
1945 – 2015
Born to lose, lived to win.
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Words cannot adequately convey the outpouring of emotion that has come out of the rock and metal community in the last few hours since the news first surfaced with everyone from Ozzy and Metallica through to young up and coming bands and the world media all paying tribute to a man that was the embodiment of rock and roll. Some amazing tributes are already being paid to Lemmy across the Internet and we will take a look back at the life and times of one of Britain’s most recognisable and iconic musicians over the coming days, but for now, it’s enough to RIP Lemmy, there’ll never be another one like you.