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Phil Taylor (1954 - 2015)

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Phil Taylor (1954 - 2015)

Motorhead's former longtime drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, died Wednesday evening, according to former guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke. Taylor was 61.

The cause of death was not released.

"My dear friend and brother passed away last night," Clarke wrote on his Facebook page. "He had been ill for some time but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!"


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Although he officially left Motorhead decades ago, Taylor linked up with the band's current lineup to perform the immortal "Ace of Spades" in Birmingham, England, about a year ago at the National Indoor Arena.

Taylor played on most of the pioneering British heavy metal band's iconic recordings, drumming with the band from 1975 to 1984 and then again from 1987 to 1992. He replaced Lucas Fox as the band's drummer during the recording of their debut album, "On Parole." He made a final appearance on the band's signature album, "Ace of Spades."

Taylor, was born Sept. 21, 1954, in Hasland, a suburb of Chesterfield, England.

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