Ex-Motörhead guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke dies at 67

Motorhead in a promo still circa late 1970s.  Shown from left: Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clarke, and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Clarke died on Jan 11, 2018. (        

Former Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke has died at the age of 67.

The rocker, who played in the group during the late 1970s and early 1980s heyday, passed away on Wednesday in a hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

After the deaths of original drummer Phil Taylor and frontman Lemmy in 2015, he was the only surviving member of the legendary metal band's classic line-up.

Motörhead confirmed Eddie's death in a statement on their Facebook page, writing that they were "devastated" at the news.

Guitarist Phil Campbell, who joined the band in 1984, two years after Eddie's departure, commented, "Just Heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clark (sic) has passed away. Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock and roller."

Drummer Mikkey Dee added, "This is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great."

Clarke, Phil Taylor and Lemmy formed the iconic Motörhead line-up that released hits including their 1980 classic "Ace of Spades" and their self-titled signature track.

He left the group in 1982 after taking issue with the band's musical direction and formed a new one, Fastway. His new band's final release was 2011's Eat Dog Eat, while Eddie's final studio album was a 2014 solo effort called Make My Day - Back To Blues.

Lemmy continued to front Motörhead with a variety of line-ups until his death in December 2015, when the group disbanded.