The day after Christmas, Kilmister was diagnosed with the disease and passed away at his home with his family by his side days later.
The official Facebook page for Motörhead confirmed the news with a message to fans:
We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
The lead vocalist and bassist for Motörhead was the only founding member to remain in the band for the entirety of its 40-year lifespan.
Since the news has broken, many of Lemmy’s fans have taken to social media to remember the iconic musician.
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
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 29, 2015