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Last surviving 'classic' Motörhead member 'Fast' Eddie Clarke dies, aged 67

By Kirsten Rawlins | Music | Published:

Heavy metal icon 'Fast' Eddie Clarke has died, aged 67.

'Fast' Eddie Clarke. Pic: https://www.facebook.com/fasteddieclarke10/

The former Motörhead guitarist, who also played in rock band Fastway, died yesterday while being treated in hospital for pneumonia.

Eddie was the last surviving member of what many fans regard as the 'classic' Motörhead line-up.

Fellow members Staffordshire's Lemmy Kilmister died in December 2015 and Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor passed away in November 2015.

A statement on the official Motörhead Facebook page carried tributes to Twickenham-born Eddie from Welsh member Phil Campbell and former Motörhead and Scorpions idol Mikkey Dee.

Commenting on the death, Phil 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."

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Mikkey, meanwhile, said despite the tragic news Eddie could now 'jam' with 'Lem' and 'Philthy' again.

"Oh my f***ing God, this is terrible news," he said.

"The last of the three amigos.

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"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 come around with the The Scorps.

"Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again and, if you listen carefully, I'm sure you'll hear them - so watch out!

"My thoughts go out to Eddie's family and close ones."

The following post (which contains some strong language) is what was posted on the Motörhead Facebook page:

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins
@kirsten_Star

Online Entertainment Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. E-mail me kirsten.rawlins@expressandstar.co.uk, or phone 01902 319368

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