(PCM) Heaven just got a lot louder! It is with great sadness we report that legendary Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister has passed away at the age of 70. Several sources, including the band’s official Facebook page are claiming that Lemmy’s cause of death was due to complications from a very aggressive form of cancer. Over the year’s Lemmy had been battling multiple illnesses that forced the band to cancel a number of shows. It was a lung infection that forced them to cancel a few appearances back in early September.
The band recently completed what would be their final tour earlier this fall and had plans to kick off their 40th Anniversary European tour at the end of January 2016. The band has issued the following statement via their official Facebook page:
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. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister [1945 -2015] – Born to lose, lived to win.
Motorhead has sold nearly 20 million albums worldwide in the span of their 40 year career. Their most recent album released “Bad Magic” peaked at #35 on the Billboard charts and reached #1 on the UK Hard rock charts. Lemmy was without a doubt one of the most iconic front men in the history of rock n’ roll and his presence with be sorely missed. It is hard to believe and accept that we will no longer hear his opening phrase to nearly every show “We are Motorhead and we play rock n’ roll”, however his memory and influence will forever live on! Rest in peace Lemmy god!