The badass in heavy metal, founding member and frontman of Motorhead- Lemmy Kilmister, passed away today. He was 70 years old.
In a statement posted to Facebook, Motörhead wrote, “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.”
Apart from cancer, Lemmy had been suffering from a number of other health issues, including hematoma, which had caused the band to cancel a number of performances in recent years. The team at Headbangers India themselves saw Lemmy walk away from the stage at a festival, unable to continue his performance. Quite unlike the badass, but this was just one more hiccup in his career, which kept going strong till the very end.
Lemmy has been the founding member, vocalist, bassist and songwriter of Motörhead since 1975. The legendary band has released over 20 studio albums with sales of more than 30 million worldwide.
In an interview with The Guardian in 2014, Lemmy had said- “Apparently I am still indestructible.” He is also quoted to have said “As long as I can walk the few yards from the back to the front of the stage without a stick, or even if I do have to use a stick,” he would continue playing music.
The heavy metal world mourns your loss, Lemmy.