Lemmy Kilmister, founding member and frontman of MotÃ¶rhead. has died. He was 70 years old. Kilmister â€” who legendarily survived diabetes and implantation of a heart defibrillator â€” was diagnosed with the disease just two days ago, the band said in a statement.
“There is no easy way to say this,” MotÃ¶rhead said. “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 its way down the street, with his family,” the band said. “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”
In 1972, he was hired to play bass in the UK space rock group Hawkwind, despite having no previous experience on the instrument. He quickly honed his skills, helping shape the band’s sound on critically acclaimed albums such Space Ritual, while also signing lead vocals on the song “Silver Machine”, which peaked at No. 3 on the UK charts.