Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister dies at 70

Lemmy-Kilmister Motorhead's singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister | AFP

Heavy metal legend and frontman of band Motorhead Lemmy Kilmister died from cancer on Monday. He was 70.

The band's management confirmed the news through their official Facebook page.

"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 favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it's way down the street, with his family," the post read.

The post continued, "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 lay Motorhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy' music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT. Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister."

Kilmister was born December 24, 1945, in Burslem, Staffordshire, England.

He was the band's sole constant member since it was founded in 1975.

Known for his powerful bass playing and gravelly vocals Kilmister was a diabetic and in 2013 suffered a hematoma.

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