Former Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke has died at age 67.
Fast Eddie passed away peacefully on Wednesday in hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia, the band said.
Clarke was the last surviving original member of Motorhead, after frontman Lemmy and drummer Taylor both died in 2015.
“We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight,” said the heavy metal band’s official Facebook page.
“Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday.
“Fast Eddie… keep roaring, rocking’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motorfamily would expect nothing less!!! RIP Fast Eddie Clarke 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018.”
Clarke joined Motorhead in 1976, soon after the band was founded by Lemmy and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.
Fast Eddie’s time in Motorhead produced some of the band’s biggest hits, including Ace of Spades and Bomber.
He left Motorhead in 1982 and later formed the band Fastway.
Phil Campbell, who joined the band in 1984, said news of his death was “such a shock”.
“He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie,” Campbell added.
Scorpions band member Mikkey Dee mourned the death of “the last of the three amigos”.
“I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer when we around with the Scorps.”