Original Motörhead Guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke Dead at 67
Former Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke has passed away at the age of 67.
On Thursday, the English rock band confirmed the sad news, writing on Facebook, “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.”
They revealed that Clarke “passed peacefully in [the] hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.”
Clarke had been the final living original member of the band. Drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor died in 2015 at age 61 and lead vocalist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister died at age 70 the same year.
Clarke left Motörhead in 1982 and was replaced by Phil “Wizzo” Campbell. After news broke about his death, Campbell wrote on Facebook, “Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clark has passed away. Such a shock, he will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie.”
Former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee wrote on Facebook, “OH MY F–KING 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…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.”
Motörhead is known for their hits “Ace of Spades” (1980), “Killed by Death” (1984) and “Born to Raise Hell” (1994).