By now you've all heard the news legendary Lead singer of #Motorhead #Lemmy has passed away #RIPLemmy— EXTREME VAMPYR (@vampyrnick79) December 29, 2015
(NBC News) - Ian Kilmister — the iconic Lemmy of British heavy metal pioneers Motörhead, died Monday at age 70 of "extremely aggressive cancer," the band said.
Kilmister — who legendarily survived diabetes and implantation of a heart defibrillator — was diagnosed with the disease just two days ago, the band said in a statement.
"There is no easy way to say this," Motörhead said. "Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.
"He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it's way down the street, with his family," the band said. "We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words."
The band group abandoned its Sept. 1 concert in Austin, Texas, with Kilmister telling the audience, "I can't do it," and walking offstage. The band blamed altitude sickness — Kilmister had recently spent time in Colorado — and said it was looking forward to going back out on the road in February.
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