The last surviving member of Motörhead’s “classic” line-up, Eddie Clarke, has died.
Best-known as “Fast Eddie,” the guitarist peacefully passed away on Wednesday after suffering from pneumonia, the band announced on Facebook.
He was predeceased by Motörhead frontman Lemmy (Ian Fraser Kilmister) in December 2015 and Phil Taylor just one month prior in November 2015.
Remaining Motörhead members paid tribute to late rocker in the Facebook post shared by the band.
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“Oh my f–king God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos,” current drummer Mikkey Dee wrote.
“I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock.”
Campbell, the current guitarist for the London-formed rock group wrote, “Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller.”
Rock band Motörhead posed in London in December 1980. Left to right: ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor and Lemmy Kilmister.
Motörhead was formed in London in 1975 by Lemmy, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox, though most of their best-selling albums featured Clarke and “Philthy Animal” Taylor.
Clarke joined the group soon after its inception in 1976 after having met Taylor just shortly after he joined the group. He ended up leaving the band in 1982.
“Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again,” Dee added. “And if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out!!!”