18:45 29 December 2015
On December 29, Tuesday, Motorhead has written to its official Facebook page confirming the death of Lemmy, who died in Los Angeles, just two days after he was diagnosed with cancer. The band said: Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy has passed away after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer."
"We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words."
The band then urged fans to play Lemmy's music loud and "have a drink or few", saying: "Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
"He would want exactly that."
Lemmy, who was the only constant member of Motorhead, formed the band in 1975 and recorded 22 albums, including the classic Ace of Spades.
Todd Singerman, the band’s manager confirmed to BBC News channel that Lemmy had cancer “in his brain and neck.” He said the singer died while sitting in front of his favourite video game with his family.
Music stars and celebrities immediately paid tribute to Lemmy including heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, who tweeted: “"Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend.
Alice Cooper said: "I will see you on the other side. When we say 'one of a kind' in rock'n'roll, Lemmy was the epitome of that - one of the most beloved characters in rock'n'roll.
"I can't think of anyone who didn't adore Lemmy; you can't say 'heavy metal' without mentioning Lemmy.
"Rock'n roll heaven just got heavier."