Motorhead confirm split as Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper lead tributes to Lemmy


Drummer Mikkey Dee has inevitably confirmed Motorhead are over following the death of their legendary frontman Lemmy on December 28th.

While Lemmy had been battling various health problems for several years, and was described as looking ‘terribly gaunt’ by Dee during their recent European tour, his passing was nevertheless a sudden one and came just a few short days after a cancer diagnosis.

“Motörhead is over, of course,” Dee told Sweden’s Expressen. “Lemmy was Motörhead, but the band will live on in the memories of many.”

Stars from across the entertainment world were quick to pay tribute to Lemmy after news broke of his death on Monday. Ozzy Osbourne, who with Motorhead and others led the charge for an all new brand of hard rock in the seventies, tweeted:

“Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend.”

Another hard rock pioneer, Alice Cooper, described Lemmy as a true ‘one of a kind’, while Queen‘s Brian May wrote of their ‘utterly unique friend’.

Lemmy’s death comes just a short time after the band’s classic drummer Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor left us at the age of 61 in November.

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