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Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister dead at 70

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Monday, December 28, 2015, 8:00 PM

Motörhead frontman and founding member Lemmy Kilmister died just two days after being diagnosed with cancer.Jeff Hahne/Getty Images

Motörhead frontman and founding member Lemmy Kilmister died just two days after being diagnosed with cancer.

Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister died at 70, just two days after being diagnosed with an “extremely aggressive cancer.”

The rock icon found out he had cancer on Dec. 26, and was at home with his family when the news broke, the band said.

“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words,” Motörhead said in a statement.

The band is expected to release more details, and asks Motörhead’s fans to play their metal music loud and have drinks.

A photo of Lemmy with Motörhead members. Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns

A photo of Lemmy with Motörhead members.

Enlarge Lemmy Kilmister  at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage

Lemmy Kilmister  at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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“Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself,” they said. “HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”

The rockstar lived a fast and wild lifestyle, claiming to have had sex with about 1,000 women by the time he turned 63.

In 2014, Lemmy told The Guardian he was “indestructible,” and personified the mantra of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.”

Motörhead asked its fans to play the band's music loud and drink to celebrate the frontman's life.Michael Putland/Getty Images

Motörhead asked its fans to play the band’s music loud and drink to celebrate the frontman’s life.

The rocker had a history of health issues, going through a cardioverter-defibrillator operation in 2013 to help with his heartbeat.

The “Ace of Spades” frontman just celebrated his 70th birthday on Dec. 24. Formed in 1975,  Motörhead was known for a loud and fast style of heavy metal, with 20 studio albums since Lemmy started the band 40 years ago.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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