Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister Passes Away

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.

  • Jimmy Intense

    RIP to a true legend, the ace of spades.

  • Joe Costigan

    RIP – huge loss to heavy music and rock n roll

  • Robert Brooks

    RIP Another big loss this month.

  • Bilbo

    This is a man that lived under his own terms, to the end. People talk a lot about the legends dying and rock dying with them. Sure, there are great new bands coming up, but they have no personality, no X factor. This guy had it in spades!

  • Felonious Punk

    This dude grew to be almost larger than life. Used to bang groupies in tandem with his son and everything. It doesn’t get much more rock than that.

  • ITURBIDE

    man this is sad…I think about how many rockstars born and die victims of his own behavior while Lemmy was alive. I guess the key was the humor sense.

    I left here some of his more memorable quotes. Rest in peace.

    – “If you think you are to old to rock and roll, then you are”

    – “The summer of ´73 was fantastic. I don’t remember anything, but ill never forget”

    – “Im not a rockstar all day. I stop for sleep”

    – “I’ve never gone to bed with an ugly woman, but I woke up with a few”

    – “Lemmy, are you God? No, of course not, once I saw God when he was on acid, and it was much higher ”

    – “If Motörhead moves into your neighborhood, no grass will grow in your garden”

    – “¿Lemmy, How you carry hangovers? Boy, hangovers are for those who stop drinking” (that was my favorite)

    – “Born to lose, live to win”

    – “Live fast, die old”

    – “When I die it will be a good time to stop playing, because that’s when God tells you to moderate, when you die”

  • intheshadow

    Lemmy WAS rock’n’roll… Motorhead+Ramones = everything you ever need to know about rock music.