Motorhead To Disband Following Death Of Lemmy

31 December 2015 | 9:11 am | Staff Writer

A tragic end.

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Iconic UK heavy metal act Motorhead have officially announced they are calling it quits following the tragic death of frontman Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister earlier this week.

According to NME (via Swedish publication Expressen), band drummer Micky Dee confirmed that the group could not carry on without Kilmister. 

"Motorhead is over, of course," Dee said. 

"Lemmy was Motorhead. We won't be doing any more tours or anything. And there won't be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone."

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Kilmister passed away on Tuesday at 70 years of age after being diagnosed with an "extremely aggressive cancer" on 26 December, however Dee acknowledged that the Motorhead singer and bassist had been ill for some time.

This past September, Kilmister stopped a show after just three songs and told the crowd, "I can't do it".

"He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy onstage and afterwards he was very, very tired," Dee said. 

"It's incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable."

"It feels fantastic that we were able to complete the tour with him. It's heartening that we didn't cancel because of Lemmy. I'm incredibly grateful over the years we had, and that we had such a good time together."

A number of the music industry's biggest names have publicly mourned Kilmister's death including Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Dave Grohl, Corey Taylor and many more.