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Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Was Diagnosed With Multiple Tumors Just Prior To His Death


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Despite his persistent health struggles in recent years, Motörhead‘s frontman/bassist Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister‘s passing yesterday still came as a shock. His manager Todd Singerman has now provided more info, confirming that Kilmister‘s terminal cancer diagnosis was only made on December 26th. Singerman revealed that the cancer came in the form of tumors on his brain and neck. He told Sky.com:

“Nobody had any idea, we just learned Saturday, two days ago, that he even had cancer, and the doctor told him he had between two to six months to live. He [died] today as I was making calls to Phil and Mikkey, telling them to come on out so they could have a last goodbye while he was still upbeat and everything. He was feeling mighty low… He wasn’t expected to die like that.”

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“He gets home, we have a big birthday party for him at the Whisky A Go Go. A bunch of his friends came down and played. Two days later, like I said, he wasn’t feeling good, so we took him to the hospital and they release him, then after the brain scan they found the cancer in his brain and his neck, so that was the first day. We didn’t even know that yet. That was the day we took him and then all of a sudden the doctor comes with the result a couple of days later and says ‘here’s what this is and it’s terminal.’

I gotta tell ya that one of all things caught everybody by surprise, that was the was the last thing we thought he’d ever have. I mean when you think about it, he’s been to every doctor and hospital around the world and nobody caught that, I mean nobody.”

As for his legendary intake of substances over the years, Singerman recalled:

“I’ve been with him almost 25 years and it was a half gallon of Jack Daniels a day, two/three packs of cigarettes and his other little favorites and there ya go and that was a daily thing.

Recently he switched over, in his mind he thought it was healthier – and I still can’t grasp it but he switched over to vodka and orange, cause he thought it was healthier. That was his interpretation of cutting back.”

“I still always remember a great quote: Lemmy from Motörhead makes Keith Richards from the Stones look like a Golden Girl.

“This guy lived it every day and there was never a break in-between.”

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