Motorhead frontman Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister died today at the age of 70. “There is no easy way to say this,” Motörhead said. “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,” the band said. “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”
Lemmy’s 70th birthday had just been celebrated with an all star concert just over a week ago. Performers included Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES), Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES), Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES), Robert Trujillo (METALLICA), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Steve Jones (SEX PISTOLS), Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (THE CULT), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Doug Pinnick (KING’S X), Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE), Bob Kulick (MEAT LOAF, ALICE COOPER) and Billy Idol.
Rest in peace Lemmy.