Tributes have poured in for Staffordshire-born Motorhead frontman Lemmy after his death.
The 70-year-old rocker’s sudden death from cancer was confirmed in the early hours of Tuesday, and fellow Midland music legends have been quick to pay their respects.
Bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, who played in a number of top bands including Black Sabbath, Trapeze and Deep Purple, remembered his old drinking buddy with fondness.
The Cannock-based star, aged 64, tweeted: “RIP my dear Staffordshire friend Lemmy... A beautiful soul – I tried many times to keep up with him at the bar or after hours back in 80s!” Brummie head-banger Ozzy Osbourne shared his own heart-felt tribute to his friend.
The Black Sabbath singer said: “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.”
Other stars from the heavy metal fraternity to honour Lemmy included Queen’s Brian May who described him as ‘our utterly unique friend’; Kiss star Gene Simmons said: “Lemmy, Rest In Peace, Shake the heavens my friend,” and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan said: “Rest in Peace Lemmy. A hell of a man who suffered no fools.”
A statement on the Motorhead Facebook page said that Lemmy, real name Ian Kilmister, died after a short battle with cancer.
The post, which has since been shared more than 300,000 times, said: “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 26, 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.
“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.” The band has since changed their website homepage to a visual tribute to the frontman who was born in Stoke, with the phrase ‘Born to lose, lived to win’ and have set up a page for well-wishers and condolences.
Kilmister was born on Christmas Eve in Burslem in 1945 and later moved to North Wales. He joined the band Hawkwind in 1972 as bassist and singer but was sacked after three years.
He went on to form Motorhead soon after, of which he was still a member upon until his death. The iconic heavy metal band have released more than 20 studio albums including Ace of Spades in 1980, which is also the title of arguably their most recognisable single from the same LP.
Motorhead played several gigs at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, the last being in 2012 – they were forced to cancel later gigs due to the frontman’s health problems.