The iconic rocker and Motörhead frontman, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister sadly passed away last night (28th December).
The news of Lemmy’s passing broke via radio DJ Eddie Trunk, before being confirmed by close friend Sharon Osbourne. The remaining band members of Motörhead later issued a statement on Facebook that said they “couldn’t even begin to express [their]shock and sadness.”
Lemmy’s health had been slowly deteriorating in recent years, resulting in the cancellation of a number of festival dates this summer due to dehydration and gastric distress. Several shows on Motörhead’s current tour were also cancelled after being the rocker was diagnosed with a lung infection later in the year.
In Motörhead’s statement, it was revealed that Lemmy passed away after a short battle with “an extremely aggressive cancer” that he discovered two days before his death.
In support of their new album Bad Magic – released in August 2015 – the band were due to embark on a tour of the UK in January 2016.
Remind yourselves of Lemmy’s legendary status in rock history below.