Lemmy Kilmister, the lead vocalist for legendary metal band Motörhead , died at the age of 70 on Monday. He passed from an “extremely aggressive cancer” that he had only learned about on December 26. Motörhead confirmed Lemmy’s passing on Facebook, also providing a link to a tribute page for fans to leave their condolences.
The condolences extended far past the tribute page, with countless of fellow artists and fans taking to Twitter to pay their respects. Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Guns n Roses and Black Veil Brides were just a few of the artists and bands to send out tweets.
Lemmy Kilmister was no doubt a rock n roll legend, and one of the leading musicians in his genre. His passing leaves a giant hole in the music world that no one’s going to be able to fill. He recorded 22 studio albums with Motörhead , including their live album No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith. Kilmister, in particular, was a huge part of the band’s success.
Motörhead drummer, Mikkey Dee made a statement that without Lemmy, there was no Motörhead . In a statement to Sweden’s Expressen a couple hours after Kilmister’s passing, Dee said, “Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead . We won’t be doing any more tours or anything. And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone.”
Kilmister’s passing comes just a month after former Motörhead drummer Phil Taylor passed away at the age of 61.