Motörhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister Found Dead At 70
It’s something we never thought we’d find ourselves reporting (we were legitimately convinced he would outlive humanity), but at the age of 70, heavy metal icon and general badarse Lemmy Kilmister has passed away. Never underestimated by his outspoken and unforgiving exuberance, the Motörhead frontman lived a life that, albeit harshened by a long battle with various medical issues, was filled with unforgettable memories and unbelievable stories.
In a statement posted to Motörhead’s online media, his bandmates 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.”
The news of Kilmister’s death comes after a longwinded string of health problems dampened a considerable chunk of Motörhead’s 2015 schedule. Amidst bouts of gastric distress and dehydration, hematoma, a lung infection and the need for a defibrillator, he remained an active force in both the music and film scene, taking pretty much any opportunity that came his way, and taking it like a fucking champ.
In light of Kilmister’s passing, much of the music industry gathered to share their goodbyes:
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
Lemmy — Motorhead What else can I say?
— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) December 29, 2015
RIP Lemmy. A rebel poet until the end. A true inspiration.
— Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) December 29, 2015
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) December 29, 2015
Immeasurable legacy. RIP Lemmy.
— Mark Holcomb (@MarkPeriphery) December 29, 2015
Lemmy, man. A rock and roller through and through, the Bass God returns to his mighty throne up above. R.I.P.
— Kelen Capener (@KelenKeller38) December 29, 2015
Lemmy died. I am crushed. Such a blessing to share part of my life with him. A true legend. May he rest in peace.💔
— Cristina Scabbia (@MissScabbia) December 29, 2015
Go listen to "Ace of Spades" really really loud. #lemmy
— Goldfinger (@goldfingermusic) December 29, 2015
All my favorite bands are just trying to rip off Ace of Spades. RIP LEMMY. ONE OF A KIND.
— Wade MacNeil (@wade_macneil) December 29, 2015
RIP Lemmy.. Lost a true legend. Blessed to have shared the stage with you. You will be missed. Condolences to the family. #RIPLemmy
— Cameron Liddell (@cameronliddell) December 29, 2015
"Who'd win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?" "Trick question; Lemmy is God"
— Fireworks (@WeAreFireworks) December 29, 2015
RIP #Lemmy heaven is Rockin tonight
— Joey Kramer (@joeykramer) December 29, 2015
Lemmy did not fear death. He feared not having a good time. Don't mourn him, celebrate him. There won't be another. Xo
— Vinnie Caruana (@vinniecaruana) December 29, 2015
Farewell Lemmy. I love you brother.
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) December 29, 2015
The music world's heart just stopped. There will only be one Lemmy.
— Obituary (@obituarytheband) December 29, 2015
— ❌ Nikki Sixx ❌ (@NikkiSixx) December 29, 2015
Lemmy: Rest In Peace, my friend. pic.twitter.com/2M6VPiBGyE
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 29, 2015
Grab a drink, turn your stereo up to 11(,000,000) and celebrate a life well spent with the video for “Ace Of Spades” below.