Motorhead’s ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke has died aged 67.
The guitarist and founder of the steel rope has upheld divided after a battle with pneumonia.
The rocker’s death was reliable on the band’s central Facebook page.
The post read: ‘We are ravaged to pass on the news we only just listened ourselves progressing tonight, Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and adore him Fast Eddie Clarke – upheld divided peacefully yesterday.
‘Ted Carroll (who shaped Chiswick Records) done the unhappy proclamation around his FB page, having listened from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie upheld peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.’
The post also featured messages from former Motorhead members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee.
Phil Campbell said: ‘Just listened the unhappy news that Fast Eddie Clarke has upheld away. Such a shock, he will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a loyal stone n roller. RIP Eddie.’
And Mikkey Dee said: ‘Oh my fucking god, this is terrible news, the last of the 3 amigos. we saw Eddie not prolonged ago and he was in good shape. So this is a finish shock.
‘Me and Eddie always hit it off great. we was looking brazen to seeing him in the UK this summer when we come around with The Scorps… now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again and if you listen delicately I’m certain you’ll hear them, so watch out!!! My thoughts go out to Eddie’s family and close ones.’
The post concluded: ‘Fast Eddie… keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motorfamily would design zero less!’
Clarke was the last flourishing member of Motorhead’s classical line-up, and played on the band’s first 6 albums.
He went on to form Fastway with Peter Way, but also done guest appearances on a series of successive Motorhead records.
Clarke assimilated Motorhead with Lemmy Kilmeister and Phil Taylor in 1976, with this choice being deliberate the ‘classic’ Motorhead line-up.
Lemmy upheld divided in Dec 2015, with drummer Phil failing a month earlier.