The iconic British rock and roll bassist and founder of Motorhead, Lemmy (Ian Kilmister), has passed away at his home in Los Angeles. The hugely sad news emerged across the Internet in the early hours of today (UK time) with tributes pouring in from across the musical world and beyond. The Motorhead team confirmed Lemmy's passing with a post on the band's official Facebook:
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 its 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.
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Motorhead have been forced to cancel numerous shows (and at one point a sizeable part of a tour) due to Lemmy having various health issues over the last couple of years but recently things seemed to be improving with their UK tour rescheduled to take place next month across January 2016.
The Scribes Of Metal Team would like to add our voices to the thousands and thousands of others offering condolences to Lemmy's friends and family and we will be raising a glass of Jack in his honour this evening. We'll leave everyone with a clip of the band at Rock AM Ring earlier this year showing that despite everything, Lemmy was still the epitome of rock and roll like no other.