Today (January 11) Motörhead have confirmed the death of their legendary former guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke. In a post made on their official Facebook account, Clarke was reported to have “passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia”.
As a member of Motörhead, Clarke contributed to some of the most influential rock records of all time, including their self-titled 1977 debut, 1979’s Overkill and 1980’s Ace Of Spades. Clarke left the band in 1982.
You can read the full statement from Motörhead here.
Tributes from the music industry have started to pour in, with artists, bands, journalists and labels, paying their respects to a rock pioneer.
Heartbreak across the globe today. https://t.co/L0APgv3DWz— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) January 11, 2018
Very sorry to hear today the sad news about Eddie Clarke... his iconic riffs inspired many and will remain dear in our hearts.... RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE— Phil Campbell (@MotorheadPhil) January 11, 2018
RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE 5th October 1950 - 10th January 2018— Mikkey Dee (@themikkeydee) January 11, 2018
"OH MY FUCKING GOD, THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS, THE LAST OF THE THREE AMIGOS IS GONE", Mikkey
Full statement here: https://t.co/9wrmdpmUJr
Thank you for the riffs.— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) January 11, 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/wZGBoqEyXS
We've just heard our good friend Fast Eddie Clarke has died.— Saxon (@SaxonOfficial) January 11, 2018
Our thoughts go out to his loved ones and family. He will be greatly missed, but he's gone to join Phil and Lemmy. We have great memories of our times with him.
It truly is the end of an era. The last surviving member of Motörhead’s classic lineup, iconic guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, has died aged 67. There’ll be one hell of a reunion shaking the Great Stage in the Sky tonight.— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) January 11, 2018
Rest in power, Eddie ♠https://t.co/23ViL1qfSU pic.twitter.com/a8TqQkak0u
Crank up Overkill 'til it blows your speakers today. Rest In Power, Fast Eddie Clarke pic.twitter.com/btlnIfMbg1— Merlin Alderslade (@Merl_Hammer) January 11, 2018
R.I.P. Fast Eddie... Hard to take in that the legendary Motörhead trio of Bomber, Overkill and Ace Of Spades are all no longer with us... pic.twitter.com/b24yVlaBLw— Jerry Ewing (@TheJerryEwing) January 11, 2018
All of us at BMG across the world are deeply saddened to learn that legendary former @myMotorhead guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke - the last of the classic Tres Amigos - passed away yesterday. We send our sincerest condolences and much love to Eddie's family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/cBOy8MjjJH— BMG UK (@BMGuk) January 11, 2018
We're deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Fast Eddie Clarke, guitarist & co-founder of hard rock legends @myMotorhead. We were extremely privileged to have been able to experience all he has done for British rock pic.twitter.com/VyujCTeSi3— bpi music (@bpi_music) January 11, 2018
RIP “Fast” Eddie Clarke, you were the best, long live Motörhead. Edward Allan Clarke Oct 5, 1950 - Jan 10, 2018 pic.twitter.com/aAHJRXdjhI— Official HeadCat (@OfficialHeadcat) January 11, 2018
RIP Fast Eddie Clarke pic.twitter.com/tgiDFo91d8— TeamRock (@TeamRockBelong) January 11, 2018
Heaven just got a lot louder. RIP Fast Eddie Clarke. Thanks for the music. They’re all gone now. pic.twitter.com/5W1u3frDi3— Todd Dammit Kerns (@todddammitkerns) January 11, 2018
Thanks for the music, "Fast" Eddie Clarke. #Motorhead ????????♠?— Anne Erickson (@AnneErickson) January 11, 2018
I think I know who's going to be headlining the great gig in the sky tonight. RIP Fast Eddie -… https://t.co/V1YN8z0q5s— Alexander Milas (@alexandermilas) January 11, 2018
Classic line-up still going strong in my living room. RIP Fast Eddie. ????????♠? pic.twitter.com/t6cXbJVRtc— Jö Kendall (@jothekendall) January 11, 2018
The remaining members of Motörhead announced they would stop touring and releasing albums following the death of Lemmy in December 2015.
The last ace has left us. Fast Eddie lives on through his— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) January 11, 2018
music, may he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/UbswO0eKRJ
RIP Fast Eddie Clark. I'll never forget the meal we had together. A true gentleman and one of my rock heroes.— mark lanegan (@marklanegan) January 11, 2018
"rock & roll ain't worth the name if it don't make you strut," and Fast Eddie Clarke always had the strut. RIP to the last man standing from No Sleep 'til Hammersmith— rob sheffield (@robsheff) January 11, 2018
RIP Fast Eddie Clarke— Axl Rose (@axlrose) January 11, 2018