While details are still scarce, it’s been reported that Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has died, just three days after his 70th birthday. It was first reported by SiriusXM personality Eddie Trunk that the singer had passed. “Sadly, this news is 100% confirmed and just happened,” Trunk stated in a tweet. He added that Motorhead’s management would have a release shortly and reveal more details then. It’s been a rough year for both Lemmy and the band.
After releasing Bad Magic to the band’s best sales week left, the band found themselves having to cancel a handful of shows due to Lemmy’s health. More recently, guitarist Phil Campbell had taken ill, forcing a cancellation of a show in Berlin, and just last month, original drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor passed away. A few years ago, Lemmy had a pacemaker implanted in him, and had been cancelling shows is far back as 2013, when he left the stage at Wacken after only 30 minutes. He’d since attempted to cut back on his drinking, trading in his signature Jack Daniels for wine. Also in 2013, he was interviewed by the New York Times, stating that he was “paying for the good times.”
Update: Motorhead’s official Facebook page posted the following statement confirming the passing of Lemmy:
Grab a glass of Jack Daniels and do as they say to celebrate Lemmy’s life the only way to do it: Loud and with no class.