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Lemmy Kilmister dead: the heavy metal legend died of cancer

Ian Lemmy Kilmister, the front man of the heavy metal band Motörhead and a legend for generations of hard rock fans, is dead. He died on Monday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer in Los Angeles, his agent Andrew Goodfriend reported . The Briton was 70 years old.

The musician was considered a popular rocker and innovator of his genre. He became famous in the 1970s with the band Hawkwind. For four decades he was the singer of Motörhead ("Ace of Spades"). Every concert by the British heavy metal group always began with Kilmister's loud proclamation: "We are Motörhead! We play rock and roll!"

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The band announced Kilmister's death on their Facebook page. She described him there as "our mighty, noble friend". "We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there are no words". The musicians announced that they would like to express themselves in more detail in the coming days. Addressing the fans, they demanded: "Play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD. Have a drink or more. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE that this lovable, wonderful man himself celebrated so vividly."

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Kilmister was born on Christmas Eve 1945 in the English county of Staffordshire. 30 years later he founded Motörhead. As a bass player and lead singer, he has since been a valued musician among fans and companions. Rock star Ozzy Osbourne called him "one of my best friends" on Twitter. He was "a fighter and a legend". "I'll see you on the other side," he wrote.

Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.

- Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015

Kilmister, who many simply called "Lemmy", was not only known for his music. His appearance with mustache and whiskers as well as two tumors on the left side of his face was also significant. He was tall and lanky. With his distinct look, he lived for rock and never stopped recording music and being on stage. He was not only valued in the music business, but also celebrated: in 2004 Motörhead won the Grammy for best metal performance.

Over the past few months, "Lemmy" has had a number of health problems to contend with. According to his band, he had only learned of the cancer diagnosis two days before his death.