Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has died aged 70 following a short battle with cancer.
In a statement his bandmates said:
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, 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
Born to lose, lived to win.
The Motorhead frontman and former Hawkwind bassist was seen by many as the ultimate face of rock and roll, and even with his health deteriorating in recent years; his only concession to his health, according to a recent interview with The Guardian, was switching his infamous tipple of Jack Daniels for vodka and orange juice. “I like orange juice better,” he told the newspaper. “So, Coca-Cola can fuck off.”
RIP Lemmy. A rebel poet until the end. A true inspiration.
— Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) December 29, 2015
RIP my dear Staffordshire friend Lemmy… A beautiful Soul~ I tried many times to keep up with him at the bar or after hours~back in 80's😷
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) December 29, 2015
Lemmy: Rest In Peace. Shake the heavens, my friend.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 29, 2015