We’re deeply saddened to report that Ian Fraser Kilmister — better known to generations of music fans as Lemmy, celebrated founder and frontman of legendary UK metal band Motörhead, has passed away at the age of 70.
The news was first confirmed by music historian and talk-show host Eddie Trunk — a long-time friend of the artist — who announced Lemmy’s passing via Twitter: “RIP to a true original icon of rock,” he wrote.
Motörhead’s official Facebook Page announced that the cause of death was a fast and aggressive form of cancer (so fast that the diagnosis had only been given two days ago). They said he’d been at home with his family.
Lemmy’s musical peers have also begun to come forward with their own tributes, including Ozzy Osbourne, who wrote: “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”
Horror fans know Lemmy’s work well, since Motörhead’s music has accompanied quite a few genre films — including HELLRAISER 3: HELL ON EARTH and Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA — and the man himself made a memorable appearance in Richard Stanley’s cult classic HARDWARE as a pistol-packing ferry-boat driver (who listens to Motörhead, natch). He also narrated the Troma film TROMEO AND JULIET, as well as appearing in several other Troma productions.
Join us in revisiting Lemmy’s classic scene in HARDWARE (including interviews with Lemmy and Stanley), and be sure to pour out a little Jack for one of the giants who once walked among us…