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Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, frontman of Motörhead, died Monday afternoon. He was 70.

Lemmy, known for his hard lifestyle and abrasive attitude, finally died due to cancer that was announced to him on December 26th. He recently scheduled dates in high altitude locations on his tour this year, but had made a point of telling the public that he was feeling better. Lemmy had even publicly forsaken his drink of choice, Jack Daniels and cola, for vodka and orange juice in the hopes of bettering his health. Lemmy’s passing comes hot on the tails of the death of founding Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.

For millions of fans, Lemmy Kilmister defined rock and roll. Motörhead’s unapologetic born-to-lose live-to-win attitude stemmed directly from Kilmister’s reckless and loveable personality. The band was formed out of his dismissal from stoner rock outfit Hawkwind in 1975, and has come to define generation after generation of rock musicians uninterested in giving a fuck about what other people think.

Our hearts go out to Kilmister’s family, friends, and fans during this unthinkable time.

— Scab Casserole

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