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Lemmy Kilmister Obituary

12/24/1945 - 12/28/2015| Visit Guest Book
Lemmy Kilmister (AP Photo / Invision / Joel Ryan)
Lemmy Kilmister (AP Photo / Invision / Joel Ryan)
Ian Fraser Kilmister, the gravelly voiced heavy metal musician known best simply as Lemmy, who led the band Motorhead for more than 40 years, died Dec. 28, 2015, after a short battle with an extremely aggressive form of cancer, the band reported on its official Facebook page. He was 70.

Born Dec. 24, 1945, in Staffordshire, England, Kilmister claimed he earned his nickname as a youth by repeatedly asking friends to "lend me a quid till Friday." He was inspired by the Beatles to become a musician and worked as a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the 1960s.

His first musical success came in the early 1970s as a member of Hawkwind, where he developed a distinctive bass style and sang lead vocals on the 1972 hit "Silver Machine."

In 1975, Kilmister founded Motorhead, a band that has had an enormous influence on the heavy metal genre, largely because of Kilmister's furious bass playing, guttural vocals and innovative songwriting. His unique style brought punk influences to heavy metal, resulting in metal classics such as "Ace of Spades" and "Overkill." Kilmister also co-wrote songs for Ozzy Osbourne's 1991 album, "No More Tears," including the No. 2 hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and the Grammy-winning "I Don't Want To Change the World."

Kilmister continued to lead Motorhead through his 60s, recording and touring into the 2010s despite health scares that caused him to postpone or cancel shows on occasion. After being sidelined by a hematoma in 2013, the metal legend said that he cut down on smoking and switched from Jack Daniels to vodka. In 2015, suffering from a lung infection, he stopped midsong and told the crowd, "I can't do it" before leaving the stage. The band canceled about a week of shows before resuming the tour.

Kilmister is survived by two sons, Paul Inder and Sean Kilmister.
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