Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister: 1945-2015…
Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, the hard-charging, hard-living frontman of Motörhead, passed away on Monday, December 28th. Lemmy succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer that was recognized the day after Christmas.
Lemmy was 70. “There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Kilmister passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,” the Facebook post informed. “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.”
Indeed, the death is being mourned throughout the rock and metal community, where Lemmy was an icon. Motörhead remains an instrumental force in hard rock and heavy metal, particularly in the 70s and 80s but certainly well beyond. Indeed, Lemmy’s irreverent, rough-hewn persona and work with Motörhead was not only legendary, it survived the difficult test of time.
In the moments after Lemmy’s passing, a tribute page on Facebook was created (here), with adoring fans and supporters offering their condolences.
Here’s the full text from the band’s Facebook farewell:
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.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
Born to lose, lived to win.
Please feel free to post your condolences, well wishes and memories on our official tribute page:
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