Lemmy, the Passing of an Icon

On December 28, 2015 the world lost an icon with the passing of legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. His passing comes two days after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and shortly after his 70th birthday Lemmy.

From around the world greetings of happy birthday to the legend became expressions of what his loss means to people. From fans in Lemmy’s native England, to producers in Japan and famous musicians the world over people speak to the media and release statements, via social media, to express their sense of loss at Lemmy’s passing.

Rising to fame at the helm of Motorhead Lemmy, along with Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Animal Taylor, penned and recorded such immortal songs such as Bomber, We are the Road Crew, Orgasmatron and Ace of Spades.

His instantly identifiable look and stage presence Lemmy and Motorhead thundered out their classic songs for decades to millions of fans worldwide.

But with the passing earlier this year of Phil (Philthy Animal) Taylor and now Lemmy (Fast) Eddie Clarke remains the last member of the original classic Motorhead line-up still alive.

Despite their documented differences Lemmy and Clarke had made amends and did appearances together in 2014, upon hearing of Lemmy’s passing Clarke made the statement:

“I have just been told the Lemmy has passed away in L.A. Like Phil, he was like a brother to me. I am devastated. We did so much together, the three of us. The world seems a really empty place right now. I am having trouble finding the words…

He will live on in her hearts. R.I.P. Lemmy.”

John Goodale is the author of ‘Johnny Gora’ (available through Amazon.com), and a number of articles here on TMRZoo.com. His monthly column ‘Indy Comics Spotlight’ appears here and through his blog Indy Comics Spotlight

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