Published Dec 28, 2015Tragedy has struck the music world as legendary Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister (born Ian Fraser Kilmister) has passed away. He was 70 years old.
While his exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, Kilmister has had plenty of well-publicized health issues of late. Earlier this year, Motörhead cancelled a show after Kilmister experienced shortness of breath onstage.
Kilmister was nothing short of a rock legend. In addition to his four decades fronting Motörhead, he was also a member of the psych rock band Hawkwind.
Lemmy Kilmister was known for his hard-partying lifestyle. He claimed to have enjoyed a full bottle of Jack Daniels every day from his 30th birthday until 2013, when he switched to vodka for health reasons. His life was explored in the 2010 documentary Lemmy.
Lemmy Kilmister's passing was confirmed by rock radio personality Eddie Trunk and corroborated by multiple sources.
Kilmister turned 70 on December 24. Earlier this year, Motörhead issued their latest album Bad Magic.
UPDATE (12/29, 2 p.m.): Motörhead manager Todd Singerman told Sky News that Kilmister had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer two days before his death. According to Singerman, Kilmister's doctor said he had two to six months to live.