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Rock God Lemmy dies aged 70

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, frontman of Motörhead and Hawkwind, has died aged 70, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer on Boxing Day.

His Motörhead bandmates announced via Facebook that the singer and musician had died at home.

Lemmy, born in Stoke-on-Trent and raised in North Wales, was a young Beatles fan who became roadie to Jimi Hendrix before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1972. He sang lead vocals on their best known hit, ‘Silver Machine’.

After he was fired from Hawkwind, Lemmy formed British heavy metal act Motörhead in 1975. The band, best known for their 1980 smash ‘Ace of Spades’, released 23 studio albums, with Lemmy as the only constant member in a shifting line-up.

In a statement, his bandmates wrote: “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

“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 learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home, sitting in front of his favourite 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.

“Share stories.

“Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

“HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT…

“Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

“1945 -2015

“Born to lose, lived to win.”

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Don't forget 'Escalator' by Sam Gopal from 1969. Lemmy sings and plays guitar on that. He said "I wrote every song on that album in one night on Methedrine".

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