Motörhead guitarist Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke dead at 67
The last surviving member of Motorhead’s “classic” line-up, Eddie Clarke has died.
Best-known as “Fast Eddie,” the guitarist peacefully passed away on Wednesday after suffering from an pneumonia, the band announced on Facebook.
He was predeceased by Motorhead frontman Lemmy (Ian Fraser Kimister) in Dec. 2015 and Phil Taylor just one mont prior in Nov. 2015.
Remaining Motohead members paid tribute to late rocker on the Facebook post shared by the band.
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“Oh my f–king God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos,” current drummer Mikkey Dee wrote.
“I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complate shock.”
Campbell, the current guitarist for the London-formed rock group wrote, “Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock. He will be rememebre for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller.”
Rock band Motorhead posed in London in December 1980. Left to right: ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor and Lemmy Kilmister.
Motorhead was formed in London, England in 1975 by Lemmy, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox, though most of their best-selling albums featured Clarke and “Philthy Animal” Taylor.
Clarke joined the group soon after its inception in 1976 after having met Taylor just shortly after he joined the group. He ended up leaving the band in 1982.
“Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again,” Dee added. “And if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out!!!”