The rock world lost one of greatest frontmen of all-time on Monday when it was sadly revealed that Lemmy Kilmister, the frontman from Motorhead, died.
Hard rock and heavy metal aficionado as well as host of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic, Eddie Trunk, delivered the heartbreaking news on his Twitter.
The tragic news was verified on the Motorhead Facebook page.
Lemmy was a founding member of Motorhead. He was 70 years old.
Lemmy’s love for drugs and alcohol was legendary. Lemmy was known for being a hard partier, and one who continued his rock lifestyle in the face of his illness. In 1975, Lemmy was fired from the band “Hawkwind” after he was arrested at the Canadian/U.S. border for drug possession charges. Lemmy was released without charge because he was arrested for possession of cocaine, but it turned out to be speed.
The Motorhead frontman famously claimed he drank a bottle of Jack Daniel’s every day since turning 30. After being diagnosed with diabetes, Lemmy made a conscientious decision to live a healthier lifestyle. He switched from Coca-Cola and whiskey to vodka and orange juice. “I like orange juice better,” he told The Guardian in a recent interview. “So, Coca-Cola can fuck off.”
Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister was born Staffordshire, England in 1945. After seeing The Beatles perform in concert, he knew he wanted to be in a band. He was a roadie in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Lemmy was credited for starting the mutton chops craze back in the 70s.
He also made cameos in the Adam Sandler movie Airheads, and was in the Foo Fighters’ video for “White Limo.”
This sad news comes only a month after the original Motorhead drummer, Phil Taylor, died after battling an illness.
Reactions over the death of the heavy metal icon included Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, British heavy metal band Judas Priest, heavy metal band Queensrÿche, rapper Ice T, Blaink-182 Travis Barker, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Anthrax founder Scott Ian, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, wrestler Triple H, WWE CBO Stephanie McMahon, Evanescence singer Amy Lee, American Idol host Randy Jackson and actor Tom Arnold.
Have a drink for the rock legend tonight.