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This Is What They Did With Lemmy’s Ashes

  • Axl Rosenberg

So if you had to guess, what would you think Lemmy Kilmister request be done with his ashes after he passed away?

My own guess would have been that Motörhead’s main man wanted them deposited into an urn fashioned from a vintage Nazi beer stein, and for that urn to then be given its own permanent bar stool at the Rainbow.

My own guess would have been wrong. The correct answer is only a little less surprising: according to former Headbanger’s Ball host and Cathouse co-owner Riki Rachtman, “Before his death Lemmy asked for his ashes to be put in some bullets & handed out to his closest friends.”

No, really. Rachtman shared a photo and everything:

In a separate social media post, retired professional tennis player Pat Cash revealed that Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, The Wedding Band, definitely not Anthrax) was also gifted a bullet.


So that’s certainly unique.

It also presents us with some mysteries. Mysteries such as:

  • Who else got a Lemmy bullet?
  • Lemmy was that close with Riki Rachtman?
  • Lemmy was that close with Whitfield Crane?
  • Whitfield Crane is friends with Wimbledon champion Pat Cash?
  • Wimbledon champion Pat Cash likes Motörhead?

And, most importantly:

  • Into what objects should other stars of the metal world have their ashes shoved after they kick the bucket?

In some cases, the answer seems pretty obvious; Stephen Carpenter’s ashes should clearly go into little globes, C.C. DeVille’s ashes should be placed in tiny coke vials, Ted Nugent’s ashes should go into flammable crosses, John Dolmayan’s ashes should go into Rite Aid Reusable Travel Douches©, Varg Vikernes’ ashes should just get dumped in a random portable toilet on the last day of a massive festival, etc.

But there’s clearly room for creativity here. Make your suggestions in the comments section below.


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