“Lived to win,” indeed.
By Fred Mills
The end of each year, perversely, seems to bring a host of music world-related deaths, and now we have another one: Motorhead bassist, singer and icon Ian Fraser Kilmister, or as we all know him simply as “Lemmy,” passed away today, Dec. 28, at the age of 70. The cause of death is “an extremely aggressive form of cancer,” we are told, but no other specific details have been disclosed.
The group’s Facebook page reports:
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
Born to lose, lived to win.
This does indeed come as the kind of shock that leaves fans (and media, at times) speechless. We’ll have more soon, but for now… witness the birth of punk and heavy metal, twin-horned siblings from the same womb: