Heavy metal icon and lead singer of the band Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister, has died at the age of 70.
The band’s official Facebook page confirmed Kilmister’s passing earlier today, the result of a serious form of cancer. “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 post said, “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.”
The outpouring of support from fellow metal musicians has flooded social media.
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
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
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 29, 2015
After being outfitted for a pacemaker in 2013 and treated for a hematoma in 2014, Kilmister has suffered numerous ailments.
Originally a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Ian Frasher “Lemmy” Kilmister joined a space-rock band known as Hawkwind. After being thrown out of the band for his singing style, he later formed the band Motörhead in 1975. Kilmister’s early influences included The Beatles, which he followed in his 20’s living in England.
Kilmister once wrote in his autobiography, White Line Fever, “People don’t become better when they’re dead; you just talk about them as if they are. But it’s not true! People are still assholes, they’re just dead assholes!”
“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,” the surviving members of Motörhead requested late Monday evening.