DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Lemmy (aged 70)
-British singer-songwriter (Motörhead)
Ian Fraser Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), better known as Lemmy, was an English musician and singer-songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was one of the foundations of the heavy metal genre.He was known for his appearance (including his friendly mutton chops), his distinctive gravelly, “rasp[y]” singing voice, which “was one of the most recognisable voices in rock”, and his way of singing, looking up towards “…a towering microphone tilted down into his weather-beaten face”. He was also known for his unmistakable bass playing style, in which he used his Rickenbacker bass to create an “overpowered, distorted rhythmic rumble”. Another unique aspect of Lemmy’s bass sound is that he often played power chords using growling overdrivenMarshall tube bass stacks. Alongside his music career, he also had many minor roles and cameo appearances in film and television.
DEATH: Lemmy lived in Los Angeles, from 1990 until his death, most recently in a two-room apartment two blocks away from his favourite hangout, the Rainbow Bar and Grill. In December 2000, his tour was cancelled when he was hospitalised in Italy with flu, exhaustion and a lung infection. He was hospitalised with extreme dehydration and exhaustion in Germany in July 2005. As he grew older, he used less alcohol and drugs as he suffered from diabetes and hypertension. In June 2013, it was reported that he had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator fitted. His tour was cancelled in July 2013 due to a severe haematoma. He referred to his continuing drug use as “dogged insolence in the face of mounting opposition to the contrary”.Towards the end of his life he had to use a walking stick. He had started smoking at the age of 11.In August 2015, he said he had cut down his smoking habit from two packs a day to one pack a week.He was hospitalised with a lung infection in September 2015, after having breathing problems when performing onstage.
On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his apartment in Los Angeles from prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure. Motörhead announced his death on their official Facebook page later that day. According to the band, his cancer had only been diagnosed two days prior to his death.