Eddie Clarke of Motorhead, left, with bandmates Lemmy and Phil Taylor (1980). Photograph: International/Rex/Shutterstock
Former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke has died at the age of 67, according to a post on the band’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,” says the post.
Clarke reportedly passed away while being treated for pneumonia in hospital. He was the last surviving member of the original Motorhead line-up.
We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all…
He joined the group in 1976 after drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” introduced him to frontman Lemmy.
Clarke was involved with four of the band’s albums: the self-titled 1977 debut, 1979’s Overkill and Bomber, 1980’s Ace Of Spades and 1982’s Iron Fist.
He left the group shortly after Iron Fist and formed Fastway with UFO bassist Pete Way. From 1983 to 2011, the band released seven albums over their career, including the most-recent Dog Eat Dog.
Clarke’s death follows a report that later members of Motorhead will perform several concerts as a tribute to Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, according to Phil Campbell, who took the role of guitarist in 1984.
Rest in peace, Eddie.