Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of Motörhead and hard rock icon, has died following a short battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
As Consequence of Sound reports, the singer and bassist’s death was first reported by radio and television host Eddie Trunk, one of Kilmister’s longtime friends.
Tributes have begun to pour in for the late rock legend, including from friend Ozzy Osbourne, who wrote on Twitter, “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”
The frontman, who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Staffordshire, England and was known for his hard-living, rock and roll lifestyle, had been battling well-publicised health issues for some time.
“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,” wrote his bandmates in a statement posted to 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 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.”