It’s unfortunate timing, but yesterday afternoon while attending Christmas #5 at my wife’s uncle’s house, I was discussing my attendance at Chicago’s Riot Fest this year, and the performance by MOTÖRHEAD. This led to a discussion about who was original in the band, and my words now haunt me – “It’s Lemmy’s band, so as long as he’s there, it’s MOTÖRHEAD. Once Lemmy’s gone, so is the band.” Lemmy died today, at home, of cancer – this bringing to an end a year in which Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister struggled with health issues while continuing to soldier on in the name of all things rock and roll. A statement from MOTÖRHEAD’s management can be found below…
Statement from Motörhead’s Management:
“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.”