Metallica, KISS, Anthrax, Ozzy Osbourne and Others Mourn The Loss Of Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister, the lead singer and bassist of Motorhead and a heavy metal icon for six decades, passed away Monday after a battle with cancer. Kilmister turned 70 on Christmas Eve. The band’s official Facebook confirmed Kilmister’s passing, noting, “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 [Los Angeles bar] The Rainbow which had recently made it’s [sic] way down the street, with his family,” the statement continued. “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. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”

So many of Lemmy’s heavy metal and rock family that stretched all around the world reached out on social media to express their feelings over the loss of such an influential and iconic figure.

Ozzy Osbourne: “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.” (Kilmister served as a co-writer on his friend Osbourne’s 1991 LP No More Tears, including the hit “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and Grammy-winning “I Don’t Want to Change the World.” )

Metallica: “Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We’re forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP.”

Corey Taylor/Slipknot & Stone Sour: “My friend died today. We’ll all miss you. Your name was Lemmy, and you played Rock n Roll. Rest in Peace, my man.

Myles Kennedy/Alter Bridge: “RIP Lemmy. A rebel poet until the end. A true inspiration.”

Nikki Sixx/Motley Crue: “I’ll miss you buddy and our conversations. You were always a pilar of dignity.RIP #Lemmy”

Sebastian Bach: “Goodbye #Lemmy what else is there to say? Goodbye @officialmotorhead rock n’ roll will be a little less cool…”

Robert Trujillo/Metallica: “One of the last true outlaws has left the building. #RIPLemmy.”

Charlie Benante/Anthrax: “Lemmy…words can’t express how much you meant to Our music and our lives. I’m glad I knew a legend @myMotorhead.”

Nonpoint: “Yes In peace to a legend and icon. Thank you for pioneering and shaping a lot of the music you hear today.”

Duff McKagan: “Rest In Peace Lemmy. A hell of a man who suffered no fools. U shall be missed brother, and, THANK u 4 the years of unwavering kick ass R&R.”

PiggyD: “We’ve all been afraid of this day. But to live a life as full as Lemmys, that’s something to celebrate. Thanks for showing us how to do it.”

Zakk Wylde: “GOD BLESS LEMMY – 1945 – 2O15”

Tom Morello: “Lemmy was a true rock icon, singular in voice and spirit. Metal flags fly at half mast tonight as we salute the incomparable Ace Of Spades.”

Scott Ian/Anthrax: “He lived a life of dreams and he went out on top. He was Motörhead and HE PLAYED ROCK & ROLL!!!”

Michael Sweet/Stryper: “I met #Lemmy in Germany & we talked about the bible. I’ll never forget that. May god Bless Lemmy & the@myMotorhead family & fans worldwide!”

Foo Fighters: “We’ve lost a friend & legend. My heart is broken. RIP Lemmy. Born To Lose, Lived To Win.”

Paul Stanley/KISS: “Lemmy has passed away. Truly one of a kind. Much more to him than many knew. RIP.”

Gene Simmons/KISS: “Lemmy: Rest In Peace, my friend.”

Dave Navarro: “Peace and love to Lemmy and family! #RIP”

Dave Mustaine/Megadeth: “Farewell Lemmy. I love you brother.”

Flea/Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Oh my. Lemmy got let in on the big secret. One of the greatest rockers of all time. Amazingly unique incredible bass player. My hero. Wow.”

Ice T: “Just got the sad news about the loss of Lemmy from MOTORHEAD….. RIP “Raise Hell Homie…”

Geezer Butler: “Very sad to hear of Lemmy’s passing. We’ve lost a true, true legend. RIP”

Bill Ward: “Lemmy, RIP – so sorry you’re gone. I stand with the countless souls who will miss you, and who love you very much.” – Bill.

Neil Portnow (President/CEO, The Recording Academy): “Grammy winner Lemmy Kilmister was a remarkable frontman and bona fide heavy metal icon. A founding member of the legendary group Motörhead, Lemmy’s raw, powerful vocals, paired with his innovative bass playing and songwriting skills, made him one of the most prominent figures in rock and roll. His magnetic stage presence and willingness to break barriers propelled the metal genre to new heights, influencing countless fellow musicians in the process. We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community and our sincerest condolences go out to Lemmy’s family, friends, collaborators and all who have been impacted by his work.”

Jerry Greenberg (music executive, former Atlantic Records president):  “My dear friend Lemmy was and always be a rock icon. His music will live forever. Lemmy was loved by all musicians and rockers and he now will rock out in heaven with his friend Jack Daniels. We will all miss him and never forget his legacy.”


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