Motorhead frontman Lemmy died from prostate cancer and congestive heart failure … according to his death certificate.
It was widely reported he battled an aggressive form of cancer before his death, but the copy of his death certificate as confirmed by TMZ was obtained and it confirms it was prostate cancer.
The legendary rocker had battled serious health issues for quite some time, forcing him to scale back on his alcohol and tobacco habits. Lemmy had smoked for 57 years.
View the official death certificate here.
Source: Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Death Certificate … Died From Prostate Cancer | TMZ.com
Kilmister — who legendarily survived diabetes and implantation of a heart defibrillator — was diagnosed with the disease just two days before his passing. Kilmister was the first in a depleting 2016 year where high profile rock icons have passed on, that list including David Bowie and just yesterday former Eagles founder, singer, songwriter Glenn Frey.
Lemmy was born on December 24, 1945 in Burslem a village north of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and raised with his mother in Anglesey, Wales.
Lemmy was the son of a Protestant priest who once stood with his mother and disappeared the next day. Little Lemmy has always adopted facet rough and rebellious man, who obeyed his anger at what his father had done.
In an interview, Lemmy said his love of rock culture was born with the music of the Beatles, a group which is considered a diehard fan, and vocation of rock musician get it because “… It is the only business I He liked so cute women, all rockers in on it have them screaming, and me I’ve always liked pretty women, so I felt it would be a good idea, but why the hell did not occur to me my first?
Eventually, Lemmy learned to play bass in the streets, that is, learning from many people and not a specific style, which allowed him to elaborate when creating their identity to play and develop his style as best he could . So it was rubbed elbows with punk styles, hard-rock, psychedelic, space, etc.
Lemmy took part in the sixties of small bands like Opal Butterfly, Sam Gopal and The Rockin ‘Vickers until 1971 Hawkwind joined the group as bassist. He also acted as lead vocals on several songs of the group, including their biggest hit in the British singles charts Silver Machine, which reached No.3 in 1972.
In 1975 after several conflicts with other group members Lemmy formed a new band with guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. The group was originally called Bastard but was later changed to Motörhead, the title of the last song Lemmy wrote for Hawkwind. Shortly after both musicians were replaced by guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor was with the drums and training with which the band became known.
The greatest successes of the group came in 1980 and 1981 when they entered the UK charts thanks to songs like Ace of spades and the live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith. At that time it became an English heavy metal icon and one of the most influential groups in the heavy metal scene.
Despite the constant changes in the group’s formation, the current, with Lemmy joined by Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums) has been playing since 1995. In that year, Metallica played at the birthday party fifty frontman who he has repeatedly expressed his thanks.
In 2002 he published an autobiography titled Lemmy White Line Fever.
In 2005 Motörhead won their first Grammy competing with contemporary bands like Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, and Cradle of Filth in the category of Best Metal Performance for his version of the Metallica song “Whiplash”