Ozzy Osbourne leads tributes as music world reacts to death of Motörhead’s Lemmy

Members of Blink-182, Slipknot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss and Megadeth among those to pay their respects

Musicians around the world are paying tribute to Motörhead frontman Lemmy, who has passed away aged 70 following a short fight with cancer.

The death was announced by radio DJ Eddie Trunk tonight (December 28) and later by close friends Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. A statement from Motörhead confirmed the news, adding that he died of “an extremely aggressive cancer” and was diagnosed just two days ago on Boxing Day.

Motörhead were formed by Lemmy (real name Ian Fraser Kilmister) in 1975. Prior to that he had been a member of Hawkwind but was asked to leave after being arrested on drug charges. Prior to joining Hawkwind in 1972, Lemmy was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. Motörhead would go on to release 20 studio albums, their most recent being ‘Bad Magic’ in August of this year.


Among those to pay tribute to Lemmy were some of rock’s biggest names including Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. Ozzy Osbourne, meanwhile, paid tribute to a friend of some 38 years.

“Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today,” he tweeted. “He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.” See below for a round-up of tributes to Lemmy from the music world.


Lemmy’ health has deteriorated in recent years. The band were forced to cancel a series of shows over the summer, as well as cut some short, after the frontman suffered gastric distress and dehydration. He was also diagnosed with a lung infection later in the year.

In 2014 Motörhead pulled out of a European tour citing Lemmy’s health as the reason behind the decision. The gigs were already rescheduled once from their original 2013 dates due to the same issues.

In 2013, Lemmy suffered a haematoma, which caused the cancellation of gigs in Italy and Austria, and was fitted with a pacemaker after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.


Motörhead were due to tour the UK in January 2016, starting in Newcastle and ending in London, in support of new album ‘Bad Magic’, released in August of this year.