Legendary rocker Lemmy dies aged 70 5 years ago

Legendary rocker Lemmy dies aged 70

A sad day for Motorhead fans.

Motorhead frontman and bassist Lemmy has died at the age of 70 only days after being told he had a very aggressive form of cancer.

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 20: (L-R) Musicians Slash and Mikkey Dee and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead perform onstage during day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 20, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

The band itself issued this statement: "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 favourite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead performs at the Aragon Ballroom on February 10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

“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 Motorhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music loud. Have a drink or a few. Share stories. Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. He would want exactly that.”