Radio personality Eddie Trunk announced the news on Monday

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Lemmy Kilmister, lead singer of the heavy metal band Mot rhead, has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 70.

The news was first reported by radio personality and longtime friend Eddie Trunk, on Twitter. The band’s official Facebook page then released a statement confirming that Lemmy had passed away “after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.”

According to the statement, the singer received the cancer diagnosis on Saturday.

Ozzy Osbourne followed Trunk with tributes on Twitter, writing: “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”

Ozzy’s wife Sharon also tweeted: “My dear friend, Lemmy, passed away today. I ve known him for 38 years. He will be so missed but he will never be forgotten.”

Lemmy – real name Ian Fraser Kilmister – was the founding and sole constant member of the band who formed in 1975 and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

In November, it was announced on their Facebook page that the band’s drummer, Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor, had died. He was 61.

Writing on his official Facebook page, bandmate Fast Eddie Clarke said: “My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character.”