Motörhead frontman Lemmy Killmister has passed away at the age of 70, after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.
The band released a statement regarding the passing of the frontman on their Facebook page which you can read below:
“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 its 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.
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Motörhead‘s drummer Mikkey Dee has stated there will be no post-Lemmy Motörhead. In an interview with the Swedish publication Expressen, Dee said that Lemmy’s passing is the end of the band.
“Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead. But the band will live on in the memories of many…We won’t be doing any more tours or anything. And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone.”
Dee also talked about Lemmy’s declining health in the weeks leading up to his death and seemed awed by the singer’s ability to grit out their recent European tour dates.
“He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy onstage and afterwards he was very, very tired. It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable.”
With that being said, Dee added that being able to finish the tour was a fitting send-off for someone like Lemmy.
“It feels fantastic that we were able to complete the tour with him. It’s heartening that we didn’t cancel because of Lemmy,” he said before adding that he was “incredibly grateful over the years we had.”