Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead dies at 70

Posted at December 29th, 2015 | by Nikhil George | in

It was announced that Lemmy Kilmister, frontman and founding memeber of English rock band Motörhead, died yesterday. He was seventy years old. Motörhead posted the following update on their Facebook page, ‘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 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.

In addition to cancer, Lemmy also suffered from various other medical conditions including hematoma and also underwent surgery to implant a defibrillator to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Lemmy started to take an interest in music after hearing the Beatles perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club when he was 16. He went on to serve as a roadie with the Jimi Hendrix Experience before joining the space rock band Hawkwind as a bassist in 1972. His penchant for drugs and alcohol has remained a constant throughout his career as a musician. He went on to form Motörhead in 1975 after being fired from Hawkwind following an arrest at US-Canada border for drug possession.

Musically Motörhead has been an unstoppable force. They’ve released 22 studio albums of unapologetic, in-your-face music. Lemmy said in a 2001 interview, ‘We were not heavy metal. We were a rock’n’roll band. Still are. Everyone always describes us as heavy metal even when I tell them otherwise. Why won’t people listen?’ They have served as inspiration for countless other bands including Metallica. It is slightly ironic that Motörhead received their only Grammy award in 2005 for a cover of Metallica’s Whiplash.

Lemmy leaves behind a legacy unlike any other. As he himself once said, ‘Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.’

Nikhil George

Angry young man from Trivandrum who loves reading, music and quizzing. Studying engineering while figuring out what to do in life.

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