Sad news to end the year today after it was confirmed that Motörhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, has died at age 70.
Lemmy's death comes just two days after he was diagnosed with cancer and four days after his 70th birthday. News of his passing was confirmed by radio and TV host Eddie Trunk via Twitter:
Lemmy (who was born Ian Fraser Kilmister) formed Motörhead back in 1975, and recorded a massive 22 albums with the rock band, including the iconic Ace of Spades. Motörhead have since posted a tribute to Lemmy, the only constant member of the band, on their Facebook page:
Over the years Motörhead's songs have been used in many films and TV series, including Superbad, The Walking Dead, Bolt, Shoot 'Em Up, Smokin' Aces and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie among many, many others.
Lemmy, with his distinctive voice and rock star appearance also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies such as Psych, Airheads, Eat the Rich and Hardware. There was also a 2010 documentary made about his life titled Lemmy.
After learning the news of Lemmy's passing, other legendary rockers have taken to social media to pay their respects to their fallen comrade:
Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath
Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
Gene Simmons, KISS
Duff McKagan, Guns N' Roses
Brian May, Queen