Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, frontman of the British heavy metal group Motörhead died at 70, after he was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. This was announced by his group on their Facebook page.
This legendary rock musician, singer and bass player, found out about his disease this Saturday when he was diagnosed. This is what his band wrote on 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 its 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.”
He was recognized for his long whiskers, warts on the face, black hat and black clothes. While he sang on the stage he would always put his microphone unusually high so he would always looking up, and this by his own words, prevented him from seeing how small amount of people come to the show. People considered him one of the pioneers of heavy metal, although he always claimed that Motörhead is a rock band.
He was born in Stoke-on-Trent, in the heart of England and he grew up on the island of Anglesey, in the far north-east Wales. Lemmy lived in Los Angeles and was considered pretty controversial because of its collection of Nazi memorabilia. He played in the group Hawkwind before he founded Motörhead in the mid-70s. Motorhead left behind 22 studio albums, nine live albums, ten compilation, four EPs, 29 singles and 34 music videos. R.I.P. Lemmy!