Motorhead rocker Eddie Clarke dead at 67 after battling pneumonia

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MOTORHEAD legend “Fast” Eddie Clarke has died aged 67.

The rock star, who founded the famous British heavy metal band, passed away in hospital yesterday.

The former Motorhead guitarist had been battling pneumonia, reports The Sun.

A statement posted on the band’s official Facebook page said: “We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight.

Motorhead founder Eddie Clarke has died of pneumonia. Picture: Fin Costello/Redferns
Camera IconMotorhead founder Eddie Clarke has died of pneumonia. Picture: Fin Costello/RedfernsPicture: Getty Images

“Edward Allan Clarke — or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke — passed away peacefully yesterday.

“Fast Eddie … keep roaring, rocking’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!”

“Fast” Eddie was born in Twickenham, West London in October 1950 and began playing guitar aged 15.

He was the last original member of the heavy metal band which formed in the mid 1970s.

The guitarist was introduced to frontman Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister by drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.

Motorhead helped re-energise heavy metal in the 1970s and 1980s by releasing a host of best-selling albums and singles.

Eddie Clarke (centre) with Lemmy and Phil Taylor was the last surviving member of Motorhead. Picture: Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images
Camera IconEddie Clarke (centre) with Lemmy and Phil Taylor was the last surviving member of Motorhead. Picture: Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty ImagesPicture: Getty Images

They including their self-titled debut, Overkill, Ace of Spades, No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith and Iron First.

The band released their omeback album Dog East Dog in 2011.

Motorhead’s drummer Phil Taylor and frontman “Lemmy” died within months of each other in 2015. Lemmy died of prostate cancer and Taylor, reportedly of liver failure.

The band re-energised heavy metal in the 1970s and 1980s. Picture: Fin Costello/Redferns
Camera IconThe band re-energised heavy metal in the 1970s and 1980s. Picture: Fin Costello/RedfernsPicture: Getty Images

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.



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