Just four days after his 70th birthday, and a month after receiving Bass Player's Lifetime Achievement Award, Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister of Motörhead has passed away after a battle with cancer.
Motörhead made the announcement through their Facebook page:
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. 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.
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, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
Born to lose, lived to win.
We are sending our love and condolences to the Kilmister family, his bandmates, his loved ones, and to all Motörhead fans who are feeling this loss as much as we are.
Thank you for your lifetime of music and for always making us want to rock. May you rest in peace.