Ozzy Osbourne Mourns Lemmy Kilmister’s Death: “Lost One Of My Best Friends”
Ozzy Osbourne is mourning the death of his “best friend” Lemmy Kilmister, the iconic frontman of Motörhead. He was 70.
Kilmister died on Monday afternoon after a stunningly short battle with cancer. In a statement on the Motörhead Facebook page, the band says, “There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.”
“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words,” continues the statement. “We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please… play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”
The statement concludes with an epitaph, using Kilmister’s birth name. It reads, “Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister 1945-2015 Born to lose, lived to win.” He is pictured above in November.
After the news of Kilmister’s passing broke, Osbourne took to Twitter to pay tribute to his late friend. “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend,” wrote the music legend. He added, “I will see you on the other side.” Sharon Osbourne also tweeted, “My dear friend, Lemmy, passed away today. I’ve known him for 38 years. He will be so missed but he will never be forgotten.”
“Lemmy,” “Motorhead,” and “#RIPLemmy” all became trending topics on Monday night in the wake of his death as thousands of fans used Twitter to give their own tributes. Those mourning include fellow performers Gene Simmons, Travis Barker, Dave Navarro, Paul Stanley, Billy Idol, and Flea. Gossip Cop offers sincere condolences to Kilmister’s family and all those who loved him.