By Chad Hoffman, Contributing Writer
Monday, December 28, 2015 @ 4:50 PM

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A musician who has become one of the most influential on modern metal is gone. Word is that Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead has died at the age of 70. His passing comes just days after his birthday. Lemmy started his musical career with local bands in England, Hawkwind launched him into the spotlight in the early 70s. He then went on to form Motorhead a few years later after he was fired from his previous gig following an arrest on drug possession at the U.S.-Canadian border.

From there, he led Motorhead on a four-decade tour de force, including more than 20 albums. Lemmy also penned a couple of songs for what could be considered one of the best albums of the latter part of Ozzy Osbourne's career. He co-wrote four songs on No More Tears, including the hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home."

Some of rock's royalty recently came together to celebrate Lemmy's birthday at the legendary Whiskey in Los Angeles. The guest list included such notables as former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff and Matt Sorum; Anthrax's Scott Ian and Charlie Benante. They led an all-star group of veterans on the Whiskey stage in Lemmy's honor.

In 2000, Lemmy was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. There have been recent reports questioning his health, surrounding some cancelled shows. At the time of his death, he was scheduled to appear alongside bandmates for a run of European dates.

Overall, Motorhead is considered one of the most influential bands of the time period. Lemmy was once asked about people "stealing" Motorhead's style. In true Lemmy fashion, he said "good...maybe they'll do something we can rip off later."

A post to the official MOTORHEAD Facebook page is as follows:

"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 MOTORHEAD loud, play HAWKWIND loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.

Have a drink or few.

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Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.


Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

1945 -2015

Born to lose, lived to win."

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