R.I.P Lemmy, lead singer of Motörhead, who died after learning of cancer
diagnosis on Boxing Day.

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Ian Fraser Kilmister, formed Motörhead in 1975 and was its only constant member, as singer and bassist. The band released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single Ace of Spades.

Other highlights from Motörhead’s extensive discography include their second and third albums, Overkill and Bomber, both recorded in 1979, and several high-rating singles in the early 1980s. The Ace of Spades album reached number four in the UK charts, and the single number 15.

Lemmy’s public struggles with illness intensified in recent years

The singer underwent surgery to have an implantable defibrillator placed in his chest in 2013, and has cancelled shows in recent years due to exhaustion and a haematoma.
Photo: Lemmy Kilmister Motorhead in NYC by John Gullo

The band signed off: “Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

“1945 -2015

“Born to lose, lived to win.”

The band had been scheduled to tour the UK and France in early 2016.

Tributes poured in for the Legend, with Ozzy Osbourne tweeting.

“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.”



James Kottak of the Scorpions said Lemmy was “a true friend … the real deal … RIP you will rock & roll forever”.

Geezer Butler, founding bassist of Black Sabbath, said: “Very sad to hear of Lemmy’s passing. We’ve lost a true, true legend. RIP.”

Lemmy (Ian Kilmister), rock singer, born 24 December 1945; died 28 December 2015.