“WWE Raw” wrestling television program has paid tribute to iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who died on Monday (December 28) at the age of 70 after a brief struggle with cancer. Check out the clip below.
MOTÖRHEAD performed multiple WWE entrance themes, including Triple H‘s “The Game”, Evolution‘s “Line In The Sand” theme and the “King Of Kings” music, which debuted at WrestleMania 22 and typically plays The Authority to the ring today. MOTÖRHEAD also played “The Game” live at WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania 21 before Triple H‘s matches against The Undertaker and Batista, respectively.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and other wrestling figures offered their condolences on social media.
Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later, on December 26, that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on Monday (December 28) at his home in Los Angeles.
Lemmy had been dealing with serious health issues for the past two years, including getting a pacemaker in 2013 and suffering from a hematoma last year. But despite 40 years of hard living and drinking, he continued to tour and record at a feverish pace.
The band was forced to cancel or postpone a number of shows this year due to Lemmy‘s poor health, which also forced him to cut back on his drinking and give up smoking.
While MOTÖRHEAD itself was revered by metal and punk fans, Lemmy himself became a rock and roll icon and elder statesman, the embodiment of a musician who lived the rock lifestyle to the fullest and never stopped.
#RIPLemmy One life, lived your way, from the beginning, till the end See you down the road my friend… Thank you for the gift of your sound
— Triple H (@TripleH) December 29, 2015
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) December 29, 2015