Motörhead guitarist Edward Clarke – best known as ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke – died Wednesday at the age of 67. Clarke was in hospital being treated for pneumonia at the time of his death.
“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,” reads a statement on Motorhead’s official Facebook page. “Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!”
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Motörhead formed in June 1975. Over the course of their 40-year career, they released 22 studio albums and had several successful singles. Although the band went through several guitarists, ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke appeared on most of their best-selling works.
Clarke left the Motörhead in 1982, later making a guest appearance on their 2003 album Live at Brixton Academy. He went on to form Fastway with UFO’s Pete Way in 1983, and later released a several solo and duo projects.
In November 2014, Clarke reunited with Kilmister to perform Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades” in Birmingham.