Over his many decades in music, the bassist and singer served as an example of functional excessive living, his diet of meat, cigarettes, speed and whisky never impeding the ability to produce 22 albums and tour the world many times over (dates booked into 2016 no less).
To fans, interviewers or whoever showed interest, the Overkill singer often behaved in a good humoured and straightforward way; he frequently drank with visitors who'd watch him play slot machines in Los Angeles's Rainbow Bar and Grill, the city he adopted as home. He cultivated a number of famous friendships too, like with Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne, Sid Vicious and many others.
During a concert in Austin, Texas this year, Lemmy had to stop mid-performance and walk off stage due to feeling unwell and speculation over his health ran rife after public appearances. However, his death has come as no less of a shock and the rest of the band took to Facebook to write:
'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 Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
1945 - 2015
Born to lose, lived to win.'
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