Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, the frontman of iconic British heavy metal band Motorhead, died aged 70 from cancer today (Dec 29).
According to the band, Kilmister was diagnosed with a sudden aggressive cancer on Saturday (Dec 26).
Motorhead posted a statement on their 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.
"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."