Motörhead founder and frontman ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister has died aged 70 years old.
On Boxing Day, Lemmy was told he had an aggressive form of cancer. Forty-eight hours later the heavy metal icon died while sitting in front of his favourite poker video game at his Los Angeles home, surrounded by his family.
His death was announced in a statement on the Motörhead Facebook page, which remembered a ‘mighty, noble friend’ and called on fans to play his music loud and ‘have a drink or few’.
The news of his death has sent shockwaves through the music industry, with Ozzy Osborne, Billy Idol and Brian May among those paying tribute to their friend.
Lemmy was born in Stoke-on-Trent on Christmas Eve 1945 and founded Motörhead in 1975. The group later became one of the defining metal bands of the 1980s.
Famous for his hard-rocking lifestyle, Lemmy said he drank a bottle of Jack Daniels every day and claimed to have slept with more than 1,000 women.
Motörhead were set to tour the UK in January 2016 in support of their 23rd album ‘Bad Magic’, which was released in August of this year.
In June, the band played Glastonbury Festival for the first time in their 40-year history, playing a triumphant afternoon set on the Pyramid Stage.
Motörhead are perhaps best known for their single Ace Of Spades, while the fanged face that appears on their album artwork has become one of rock’s most recognisable figures.