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.