It comes with great sadness to announce that the frontman of Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister, has lost his short battle to cancer, dying at the age of 70. The famous rocker was known for finding Motörhead and working with the band to release the great albums No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, Ace of Spades and Overkill. The heavy metal band released 22 studio albums in total including their most recent, Bad Magic, in August. To say they were huge is an understatement. Motörhead is an unforgettable legend.
Eddie Trunk, radio and TV personality, first announced Kilmister's passing on Twitter:
Sorry to report that I have confirmed Lemmy @myMotorhead has passed away just now at the age of 70. RIP to a true original icon of rock.
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) December 29, 2015
The band confirmed it on their official Facebook page. The band informed fans that Kilmister found out on December 26th that he had cancer and unfortunately lost the battle to the aggressive disease. Kilmister had also been suffering from a hematoma and had an implantable defibrillator.
Kilmister's death comes a month after the band's drummer, Phil Taylor, died at the age of 61. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Kilmister explained his fear for Rock and Roll's future:
"There's nobody now," he said. "There is going to be a huge hole, and nobody to step into it. I think it's important music. It's the constant music of this generation and the last one and the last one."
Many have already taken to Twitter to give their condolences for this major loss:
— laura ingle (@lauraingle) December 29, 2015
Sorry to hear Lemmy Kilmister has passed away. Grateful for the few brief momentsJay and I spent with him. Condolences to friends and family — Tom Hamilton (@THaerosmith) December 29, 2015
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
Rest in Peace Lemmy.