Lemmy (aka Ian Fraiser Kilmister) of Motorhead during Fields of Rock Festival 2007 in the Netherlands.
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December 28, 2015 8:52 PM EST

Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, the charismatic frontman of heavy metal group Motörhead, has died of cancer, the band announced on Facebook. He was 70 years old.

“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,” the post reads.

The venerable singer and bassist celebrated his birthday Thursday; Lemmy found out about his cancer two days later, according to the Facebook post.

Lemmy was born Dec. 24, 1945 in Staffordshire, England.

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