An icon of rock and unbridled hedonism, the tributes have since flooded in.
"Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today,” Ozzy Osborne tweeted. “He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine added: “Farewell Lemmy. I love you brother.”
"Actually, I'm pissed off Lem is dead," QOTSA's Josh Homme wrote.
"This sucks. One of the last REAL rock n roll motherfuckers has crossed over & I miss him."
Anthrax were also in mourning.
“There's nothing we could write here that can live up to the mighty life you lived,” the band posted on Facebook. “You are Rock N Roll. Warrior Always. Much love - RIP Lemmy.”
Tributes pour in for Lemmy
Motorhead announced Kilmister's death early this morning, describing him as "our mighty, noble friend" and urging fans to "...play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT."
Only four months ago, Lemmy was still describing himself as “indestructible”, and said he had switched from whiskey to vodka for health reasons.
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