Motörhead frontman and bassist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister died on Monday after a “short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,” the band confirmed on their Facebook page.
“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words,” Motörhead’s announcement reads. “We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.”
Kilmister, who formed the band in 1975 after being fired from English space rock group Hawkwind, “learnt of the disease on December 26th,” according to the statement.
“Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself,” the band wrote. “HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”
Celebrities from all across the entertainment world took to social media to express their condolences upon learning of the news.
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
Oh my. Lemmy got let in on the big secret. One of the greatest rockers of all time. Amazingly unique incredible bass player. My hero. Wow.— Flea (@flea333) December 29, 2015
#RIPLemmy A TRUE ARTIST AND ROCK AND ROLL ORIGINAL !!! Rest in Peace Brother— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) December 29, 2015
You know I'm born to lose, and gamblin's for fools, But that's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live forever #RIPLemmy— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) December 29, 2015
Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We're forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP pic.twitter.com/WC1csn5F5x— Metallica (@Metallica) December 29, 2015