Motorhead frontman Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister dead at 70

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Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, a frontman of English rock band Motörhead, has died in England after a short battle with cancer, the band says. He was 70 years old.

“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,” Motörhead said in a statement on Facebook. “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.”

The band added: “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.”

Lemmy, who turned 70 just last week, was known as the lead vocalist, bassist, principal songwriter and the founding member of Motörhead, and was also a former member of Hawkwind. The band, which achieved success in the early 1980s with albums such as “Overkill,” “Bomber,” and “Ace of Spades,” sold more than 15 million albums worldwide by 2012, and was ranked number 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

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