Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister passes at 70

The band reports he was struggling with cancer.


Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, 70, frontman of the hard rock band Motörhead, has died.

TMZ reports Kilmister—known better simply as “Lemmy”—passed away at approximately 4 p.m. Monday, after battling “serious health issues.” He had just turned 70 on December 24.

The official Motörhead Facebook page posts:

“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.”

The hard rock community has been responding on Twitter:

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