A sad day for rock music.
Former Motorhead drummer Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor has sadly passed yesterday at the age of 61.
While it remains unclear as to the cause of death, guitarist and former band mate Eddie Clarke confirmed on Facebook just hours ago that Taylor had been ill in recent times.
"My dear friend and brother passed away last night," Clarke's post read.
"He had been ill for sometime 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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Soon after, Motorhead addressed the tragic news with their own online post dedicated to the English drummer.
"Lil' Philthy...he who once shouted 'stop wincing about' on an album...he who fueled many a young boy's punk/metal hairstyles...he who played the drums with fury and intent...he who liked to call people 'wazzocks' once in a while...friend, Roman, Derbyshireman...rest in peace...with much love..."
Taylor performed with Motorhead from 1975-1984 and then again from 1987-1992. He appeared on ten of the heavy metal band's albums including the debut record, On Parole.