Fast Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of Motorhead’s classic line-up, has died at the age of 67.
The band announced that the guitarist died in hospital after being admitted with pneumonia.
Clarke, whose nickname was Fast Eddie, played with Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor in the band between 1976-82.
Clarke played on the first six Motorhead albums, later going on to form Fastway with UFO bassist Peter Way.
Clarke toured America with Fastway, supporting AC/DC, followed by a lengthy European tour, which produced 1992’s Say What You Will – Live album.
Fastway were also engaged to provide music for the Trick Or Treat film soundtrack, for which they composed the title track and performed “Heft” and “If You Could See” from their albums.
The media statement also contained tributes from later band members including guitarist Phil Campbell.
“Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock and roller, RIP Eddie.”
Lars Ulrich of Metallica, “Thank you for the riffs. Thank you for the solos. Thank you for the attitude. Thank you for being in the coolest band. Thank you for inspiring me to go down the same path. #rip #fasteddie #motorhead”.
The band’s ex-drummer Mikkey Dee added: “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. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer.
“Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again and if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out!”
Mike Portnoy, “So sad to hear of Fast Eddie Clarke’s passing…unreal to think that the original Motorhead is reunited in heaven…. This (to my knowledge) is now the 3rd complete band to be gone…Time is fleeting #CarpeDiem”>