Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, the iconic front man and sole constant member of the bandMotorhead, has passed away. News broke minutes ago via social media, lighting up the internet with posts about the late musician. Kilmister had battled several health issues recently including a hematoma and diabetic related health concerns, which inevitably forced the band to cancel their tour dates. He also had a defibrillator implanted to keep his heart beat regulated. His actual cause of death is being attributed to a very aggressive cancer, which he was diagnosed with only a few short days ago on December 26th, just two days after celebrating his 70th birthday. He was reportedly at home and surrounded by family when he received the news. He has long been admired as a rock and roll legend and is being remembered by many fellow musicians as a true pioneer of the music world and celebrated for the legacy that he will leave behind.
An official statement was posted to Motorhead’sFacebook page regarding his death:
“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…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…Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT…”
Rock icon Ozzy Osbourne tweeted out “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.” VH1’s That Metal Show co-host and long time friend of Kilmister Eddie Trunk also tweeted a series of messages to followers saying, “Sorry to report that I have confirmed Lemmy has passed away just now at the age of 70. RIP to a true original icon of rock…Sadly this news is 100% confirmed and just happened. Let’s celebrate a true rock warrior and icon who gave us timeless music!…In all of my decades in the business you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who truly personified rock like Lemmy. One of a kind.”