Heavy metal fans are devastated after news broke that Eddie Clarke, famously known as “Fast Eddie,” tragically passed away on Wednesday, January 10th. Clarke was 67 years old at the time of his death.
Clarke was an English guitarist who rose to stardom with the band Motorhead in 1976, which marked several top charts in the U.K. during his music career. He was the last surviving member of the band; the other two members, Phil Taylor and Ian “Lemmy” Fraser Kilmister, passed away in 2015, reported the New York Times.
Some of their most well-known songs include “Aces of Spades,” “Motorhead,” and “No Class.”
After leaving the band in 1982, Clarke founded Fastway—another popular metal band. Although Clarke was legendary in the U.K., he and his bands also toured in the U.S., which skyrocketed the band members to global recognition status.
The heartbreaking news was confirmed on the band’s official Facebook page on Thursday morning.
“We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight,” the post stated. “Edward Allan Clarke—or as we all know and love him [“Fast Eddie”] Clarke—passed away peacefully yesterday.”
Ted Carroll, who formed Chiswick Records, reportedly first made the sad announcement on his social media page. According to Carroll, Clarke “passed peacefully in [the] hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.”
This story is developing and will be updated if more information is released.
Please pray for his friends, family, and loved ones. In other breaking news, a 21-year-old fitness guru sadly lost his life after contracting the flu.