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The sole founding member and lead singer of the British heavy metal band Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister had passed away on 28 December 2015 at the age of 70, just four days after his birthday, after being diagnosed with a cancer, at his home in Los Angeles, California.

The band has posted an official statement on their Facebook page, announcing the news which revealed that Lemmy had been battling the “extremely aggressive” disease since 26 December and was at home with his family when he died.

There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely…
Posted by Official Motörhead on Monday, December 28, 2015

Lemmy, or his real name, Ian Fraser Kilmister, who remained the sole constant member of Motörhead until his death, formed the band in 1975.

The band has released twenty-three studio albums, ten live recordings, twelve compilation albums and five EPs to date, and they have also sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Lemmy’s death was first confirmed by his longtime friend Eddie Trunk, a radio personality, talk show host, and author, best known as the host of several hard rock and heavy metal-themed radio and television shows, Rock Sound reports.

Millions of tributes have poured in for the legendary rocker. Among those who pay tribute include Ozzy Osbourne, former Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke, Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine, Gene Simmons, rapper Ice T and more.

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