The founder and frontman of a legendary heavy metal band has died. USA Today reports that Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who became a major figure in the resurgence of hard rock in the late 1970s, died Monday of cancer at age 70.
Widely known simply as “Lemmy,” Kilmister founded the band Motorhead in 1975. The band posted a message on Facebook saying: “There is no easy way to say this … our mighty, noble friend Kilmister passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.”
The message noted that Lemmy had just learned about his condition two days earlier.
Born in Staffordshire, England, Lemmy was Motorhead’s lead singer, bass player and primary songwriter. He was the subject of the 2010 documentary “Lemmy.”
Here’s a taste of Lemmy at work with Motorhead, doing one of the band’s signature songs …