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Lemmy of Motorhead has died at the age of 70, two days after learning he had cancer, the band has announced.

The British band’s frontman formed the rock group in 1975 and recorded 22 albums, including Ace of Spades, as he became one of music’s most recognizable voices and faces.

Motorhead said on its Facebook page: “Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy has passed away after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.”

Lemmy was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Burslem, Stoke-onTrent, in 1945.

He lived in Anglesey, Wales, as a child and acquired the nickname Lemmy while at school, although he claimed to have had no idea where it came from.

As Lemmy of Motorhead, he became known for his fast and furious bass guitar playing and gravelly voice.

The band added: “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”

They urged fans to play Lemmy’s music loud and “have a drink or few”, saying: “Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

“He would want exactly that.”Lemmy dead at 70

Lemmy, who was the only constant member of Motorhead, lived in Los Angeles and died at home with his family on December 28.

He had been diagnosed with cancer on December 26 – two days after his 70th birthday.

Lemmy’s death comes just weeks after former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor died at the age of 61.

Ex-Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke, who played with the group between 1976 and 1982, said on Facebook: “I am devastated. We did so much together, the three of us.

“The world seems a really empty place right now. I am having trouble finding the words … He will live on in our hearts. R.I.P Lemmy!”

Lemmy was credited with introducing punk sounds into the heavy metal genre – and having a wild offstage reputation.

He first became involved in the Manchester music scene, before going to London.

There he had a stint as a roadie with Jimi Hendrix and briefly played in progressive rock band Opal Butterfly.

In 1972 Lemmy joined space-rock band Hawkwind on bass but left after being busted for drug possession on a tour of Canada in 1975.

Lemmy went on to form Motorhead and recorded 22 studio albums with the band between 1977 and 2015.


Jimmy Carter has revealed his grandson, Jeremy Carter, has died at the age of 28.

The former president made the announcement to a church class on December 20 – just two weeks after he charmed the same group by revealing his grandson had beaten cancer.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jimmy Carter arrived about 25 minutes late to his weekly class at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, and told the congregation his grandson had died just hours earlier.Jimmy Carter announces grandson death

Jimmy Carter said Jeremy was not feeling well on December 19 and took a nap in the family’s Peachtree City home. Hours later, his mother found him and realized his heart had stopped, the former president said. He died in a hospital on December 20, and the cause of death has not been announced.

Churchgoers told the newspaper Jimmy Carter broke the heartbreaking news, then continued with his class and even stayed to take pictures with those in attendance.

Jimmy Carter, 91, teaches a class at the church every Sunday. Earlier this month, he used his lesson to break the news that months of treatment had eradicated his recent cancer diagnosis.


Scientists from the UK and Spain have developed a simple urine test that could detect pancreatic cancer much earlier than at present.

They found a protein “signature” only present in people with the disease.

Pancreatic cancer is often very advanced by the time it is diagnosed – and only 3% of patients are alive five years after diagnosis.

The disease has the lowest five-year survival rate of any common cancer and one that has barely improved in 40 years.

More than 80% of people with the disease are diagnosed when it has already spread, so they are not eligible for surgery to remove the tumor – currently the only potential cure.Pancreatic cancer urine test

Those at higher risk include people with a family history of the cancer, heavy smokers, obese people and people over 50 who are newly diagnosed with diabetes.

The scientists who developed the test hope that if its early promise is realized then it could be possible to diagnose patients much earlier and offer them treatment.

The study, published in Clinical Cancer Research, looked at almost 500 urine samples. Just under 200 were from patients with pancreatic cancer, 92 from patients with chronic pancreatitis and 87 from healthy volunteers.

The rest of the samples were from patients with benign and cancerous liver and gall bladder conditions.

Out of 1,500 proteins found in the urine samples, three – LYVE1, REG1A and TFF1 – were seen to be at much higher levels in the pancreatic cancer patients, providing a “protein signature” that could identify the most common form of the disease.

The signature was found to be 90% accurate.

Patients with chronic pancreatitis were found to have lower levels of the same three proteins.

More research is now planned, and scientists will focus particularly on people whose genes put them at particular risk of pancreatic cancer.