Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, legendary frontman of Motörhead, has died at the age of 70, the band revealed on Facebook today (Dec. 28).
"There is no easy way to say this," Motörhead said in a statement. "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 its way down the street, with his family.
We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words."
Motörhead also urged fans to "have a drink or few" and "share stories" in honor of the iconic heavy metal bassist, a man who was "born to lose," but "lived to win."
As far as heavy metal goes, Motörhead remains one of the genre's most influential pioneers, with Lemmy's driving basslines leading the way since the band's formation in 1975. He also played bass in British space rock band Hawkwind.
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
Rock on, Lemmy.