Motörhead Founder Lemmy Dies At Age 70

Via the Guardian:

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer. The band announced on their Facebook page that Lemmy learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home when he died. Lemmy, born Ian Fraser Kilmister, formed Motörhead in 1975 and was its only constant member, as singer and bassist. The band released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single Ace of Spades. The band requested fans “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.”

  • DumbHairyApe

    RIP Lemmy. Thank you, Joe, for posting this.

    • Todd20036

      He got it. He really got it. Thanks man. If there’s an afterlife of any sort, I hope you are rocking hard!

  • smokes70

    RIP Lemmy….

  • Marc

    “Born to lose. Live to win.” — Lemmy Kilmister

  • vonlmo

    These words spoken by the son of a military chaplain. I hope Lemmy stayed true & took himself off stage rather than linger in the wings.

  • johnnybc

    I think it was the early 90’s (late 80’s) when I was all long hair and proto-grunge, I was eating a slice outside Fellini’s Pizzeria in Providence RI late one night with a friend Jason (gay side note: the owner opened Spiritus Pizza in Provincetown) when he saw Lemme standing across the street at a closed gas station. “That’s Lemmy!”. Sure, I said, it does look like him. “No, that’s Lemmy!”, and he ran across the street to greet him. He came running back saying that Lemmy’s driver was in Fellini’s looking for directions to Club Babyhead to see some band (wish I could remember. Apparently, Lemmy and crew were in state recording and they had the night off and looking for entertainment. Jason volunteered escort them to the club and we jumped on his motorcycle and did just that. Outside the club, he thanked us we shook his hand and parted.

    I thought it was pretty cool, but Jason was over the moon. Pretty neat.

    Ride fast, Lemmy!

  • bdsmjack

    Nooooo! RIP, Lemmy.

  • delk

    “The only interesting thing about religion is how many people it’s slaughtered.” –Lemmy Kilmister

  • RealityBass

    As he sang, probably thousands of times, in Ace of Spades:

    You know I’m born to lose and gambling’s for fools
    But that’s the way I like it, baby
    I don’t wanna live for ever.

  • Aman InAmsterdam

    Lemmy a fiver. Lemmy a quid.
    Wasn’t this how he got his nickname?

    • ScubaBearLA

      He got that reputation back when he was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, as I heard the story.

  • NMNative

    This is a very sad example of why you should go to the doctor at least once a year. Especially at his age. I’m only in my early 60’s and I’ve had two colonoscopies, I get a yearly skin check (loved to tan) and a yearly physical, lung xrays (former smoker), a stress test, etc. You must take care of yourself. It appears to me that someone who dies only a few days after being diagnosed, has not been to see the doctor for some time. If his cancer had been caught early, he might have been able to stick around awhile longer.
    If his sudden, early death (yes, 70 is still pretty young, especially to those of us over 60) causes even one person to go get a check up, perhaps it will make his death seem worthwhile.

    • Chuck in PA

      His choice. I don’t think he wanted to live a safe, healthy life.

  • Giant Monster Gamera

    Sad week. I unexpectedly lost a dear friend earlier this week and now Lemmy.

  • ElenorRigby

    Loved him.. this sucks.

  • ScubaBearLA

    I co-produced a music video for Motorhead in 1995 and I worked with Lemmy. Bizarre fellow, and somewhat bitter, but easy to work with. I had to pick him up at the small apartment he lived at just off Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, it was walking distance from his favorite bar that I can’t remember the name of now. Lemmy was a hoarder. He had trails that connected his kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and sofa in the living room, and what he hoarded was Nazi memorabilia from WW2. All the walls were covered with Nazi flags and such too. He had some opinions that matched what you would expect from this. I occasionally heard him discuss his views with Johnny Ramone, who, as soon as Lemmy would walk away, would comment that he thought Lemmy was totally nuts.

  • DonnaLee

    Lemmy was rocking right up to the end. And he seemed to almost be amazed he’d lasted as long as he did. So many didn’t party half as much as he did and died young.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Gonna miss ya, Lemmy. RIP