Rest In Power: Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister

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The passing of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister on December 28, 2015 is a loss that is felt particularly hard. Kilmister had suffered from poor health for some time, but his decline became particularly noticeable during the latter months of 2015, during which Motörhead was forced to cancel or cut short several North American gigs; however, there seemed room for optimism as Kilmister kept playing shows. The last of which was on December 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. There were even plans for Motörhead to tour in early 2016. Unfortunately, the tour was not to be when only four days after his 70th birthday Kilmister succumbed to advanced stages of an aggressive cancer that was only diagnosed two days before. The news of his death spread like wildfire across the Internet with news outlets like the Guardian and Rolling Stone releasing obituaries detailing his life and legacy. Fans from all walks of life honored him by posting their favorite Hawkwind or Motörhead songs or their favorite pictures of Kilmister. At the bar in which I was drinking, the bartender switched on Motörhead’s 1977 self-titled album and cranked the volume.

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