Original Motörhead Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke Dead at Age 67
“Fast” Eddie Clarke, the last surviving original member of Motörhead, has passed away at age 67. The cause of death was pneumonia.
The announcement was made on Motörhead’s Facebook page:
“We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia…
“Phil Campbell said, ‘JUST HEARD THE SAD NEWS THAT FAST EDDIE CLARK HAS PASSED AWAY. SUCH A SHOCK, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ICONIC RIFFS AND WAS A TRUE ROCK N ROLLER. RIP EDDIE.’
“Mikkey Dee said, ‘OH MY FUCKING GOD, THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS, 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 COME AROUND WITH THE SCORPS…NOW LEM AND PHILTHY CAN JAM WITH EDDIE AGAIN, AND IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY I’M SURE YOU’LL HEAR THEM, SO WATCH OUT!!! MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO EDDIE’S FAMILY AND CLOSE ONES.’
“Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!
“RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018”
Clarke, who left Motörhead in 1982, co-wrote and played on many of the band’s most popular songs, including “Ace of Spades,” “Overkill,” and “White Line Fever.”
Original Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor passed away in November of 2015; Lemmy Kilmister, of course, followed a month later.
Our thoughts are with Eddie’s loved ones at this time. Make sure you celebrate his legacy by cranking his work all day long.