Updated: 8:20 pm ET
Motörhead frontman and bassist Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known by his stage name “Lemmy”, has died at the age of 70.
The news was first reported Monday on Twitter by radio personality Eddie Trunk.
“Sorry to report that I have confirmed Lemmy @myMotorhead has passed just now at the age of 70. RIP to a true original icon of rock,” reads Trunk’s Tweet.
An official statement from the band followed shortly after, on Facebook.
“There is no easy way to say this… our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,” reads the statement.
Lemmy apparently learned of the disease just two days before his death.
Motörhead formed in London in 1975. As of 2012, the band had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.
Sorry to report that I have confirmed Lemmy @myMotorhead has passed away just now at the age of 70. RIP to a true original icon of rock.
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) December 29, 2015