Motörhead frontman Lemmy has passed away aged 70 following a short fight against cancer.
The death was announced by radio DJ Eddie Trunk this evening (December 28) and later by close friends Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. A statement from the band confirming the news soon followed.
Motorhead’s statement reads: “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. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.”
The band were recently forced to cancel a series of shows, as well as cut some short, due to Lemmy’s ill health.
Lemmy’s health has deteriorated in recent years and a number of festival dates were axed this summer after the frontman suffered gastric distress and dehydration. He was also diagnosed with a lung infection later in the year.
Sorry to report that I have confirmed Lemmy @myMotorhead has passed away just now at the age of 70. RIP to a true original icon of rock.
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) December 29, 2015
My dear friend, Lemmy, passed away today. I’ve known him for 38 years. He will be so missed but he will never be forgotten.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) December 29, 2015
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.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
In an interview with The Guardian published in the summer, he explained that he often walked with a stick because his “legs are fucked” but remained defiant, calling himself “indestructable” and saying Motörhead will continue for “as long as I can walk the few yards from the back to the front of the stage without a stick.”
In the interview Lemmy explained that he switched to drinking vodka and orange in place of Jack Daniels and coke – in a bid to combat his diabetes. “I like orange juice better,” he told the newspaper. “So, Coca-Cola can fuck off.”
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.