The last surviving founding member of the classic heavy metal band Motorhead has died. According to the band’s official website and multiple individuals close to the musician, “Fast” Eddie Clarke passed away in his sleep Wednesday. He was 67.
Clarke is the last of the three founding members of the group with Lemmy Kilmister and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor both passing away in 2015.
Tributes have poured in for Motorhead guitarist Eddie Clarke who became the last of the heavy metal band’s three founding members to die.
Fast’ Eddie Clarke died after a battle with pneumonia, according to a statement on the band’s official Facebook page.
The post read: ‘We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight, Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday.
‘Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.’
Phil Campbell, who joined the band as a guitarist in 1984, said: ‘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. RIP Eddie.’
Former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who is currently a member of the Scorpions, said: ‘Oh my f***ing God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos.
‘I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer when we around with the Scorps…’
Referring to Motorhead members Lemmy and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor, who both died in 2015, he added: ‘Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out!!!’
Clarke is considered one of the ‘classic’ members of Motorhead, along with frontman Lemmy and drummer Taylor.
Here is the official statement from Motorhead’s Facebook page.
We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all…
Her is video of Clarke performing some classic riffs.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Clarke’s family, friends, and fans.