LEGENDARY Motorhead frontman Lemmy has died after battling an “extremely aggressive cancer”, the band have announced.
The music legend was diagnosed with the disease on Boxing Day, just two days after turning 70, and died at his home yesterday.
Motorhead recently released their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic, and were due to play UK dates as part of a world tour.
He founded the group – best known for hit single Ace of Spades – in 1975 after being fired from previous band Hawkwind.
The band 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.
“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.
Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.”
The rock music world reacted with shock at the news.
Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath tweeted: “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.”
Kiss star Gene Simmons said: “Lemmy: Rest in peace. Shake the heavens, my friend.”
And Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan added: “Rest in peace Lemmy. A hell of a man who suffered no fools.”
Lemmy himself recently led tributes to the band’s former drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, who died on November 11 at 61.
He said: “I’m feeling very sad at the moment, in fact devastated, because one of my best friends died yesterday. I miss him already.
“His name was Phil Taylor, or Philthy Animal, and he was our drummer twice in our career.
“Now he’s died and it really p***** me off that they take somebody like him and leave George Bush alive. So muse on that.”