Motörhead Frontman Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister Dead at 70

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Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister of Motörhead died on December 28 from cancer at the age of 70, his band announced. Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Motörhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister died on Monday, the band announced on its Facebook page.

According to the band, Kilmister suffered from "an extremely aggressive cancer." He found out he had the disease on December 26.

"We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words," the band said in a statement. "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."

Kilmister was 70. He started Motörhead in 1975, going on to produce over a dozen albums.

Rock legends remembered the iconic frontman on social media:

Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.

— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015

Lemmy RIP….@myMotorhead my condolences to his family..

— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) December 29, 2015

Lemmy has passed away. Truly one of a kind. Much more to him than many knew. RIP. @RollingStone @ClassicRockMag pic.twitter.com/d1izWStIii

— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 29, 2015

During his long career, Kilmister played with Jimi Hendrix, Opal Butterfly and Hawkwind. Earlier this fall, the former drummer of Motörhead, Phil Taylor, died.