Well, Lemmy did like to play fast, didn’t he?

Lemmy Kilmister, the hard-drinking, mutton-chopped frontman of Motörhead, has died at the age of 70.

The news was confirmed by the band, which said he died at home playing a video game after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer on Boxing Day.

Hell of a Christmas present but everything at double speed, right to the end.

9 thoughts on “Well, Lemmy did like to play fast, didn’t he?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Two days from diagnosis to death? What the Band called “aggressive”. He may not be your typical Brit but they certainly maintained a certain degree of understatement.

    Still, it is a bit of a shame really. Just think. If he had eaten right, exercised properly, got to bed at a decent hour and kept away from drugs, he could have had a long, full and happy life.

  2. More likely the Telegraph subs not picking up a misplaced modifier. I’d put money on ‘he died at home on Boxing Day, playing a video game, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer’ being correct-ish; ‘having been diagnosed’ would have been better. RIC (requiescat in clamore.)

  3. I know it’s true but I can’t get my head around it. Diagnosis to death in three days, of Cancer. Have a friend whose father was similar, about a week. It’s terrifying. Also people I’ve known who died of cancer were in no state to be playing computer games as they passed away.

  4. Having watched somebody with a long period between diagnosis and death expire, I pray that if I am in either category, it’s the quick one.

  5. Dead 2 weeks after diagnosis for my father, another relative had 9 months mainly in hospital, having watched what that does to a family in some ways the short gap can be a blessing.
    Takes some time to develop that perspective though.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    It may have been 2 days from diagnosis, but how long since he started the symptoms and like most me refused to see a doctor?

  7. Depends on the cancer, pancreatic for example is hard to diagnose and symptoms tend to be late stage, one of the reasons it has a very low survival rate and diagnosis to death is often short.
    One of the reasons for screening is that it’s the best way to catch certain cancers early as there aren’t obvious symptoms at early stage. There’s an obvious link between early detection rates and survival in a lot of cases.

  8. Earlier diagnosis will always give you longer overall survival when you measure overall survival from the time of diagnosis.

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