Motorhead founding member Lemmy Kilmister has passed away
Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of Motörhead, has passed away at 70 years old. “That Metal Show” host Eddie Trunk was among the first to confirm the death via Twitter.
Kilmister’s heath had been poor for a while. He had been battling a number of health issues, including hematoma, and was using an implantable defibrillator to help deal with his irregular heartbeat. Kilmister’s poor heath had lead Motorhead to cancel or postpone many shows over the past few years.
Motorhead has released a statement on Facebook confirming Kilmister’s passing, saying, “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…”
Kilmister was the lead singer, bass player and founding member of Motorhead. He has aso been the band’s only consistent member since they got together in 1975. In their 40 years together, Motorhead have released 20 studio albums and played some of the world’s biggest stages.
Aside from Motorhead, Kilmister did a bit of acting and had cameos in “Hardware,” “Airheads” and Foo Fighters’ video for “White Limo.”
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