Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke of Motörhead fame has died at the age of 67. The official Motörhead Facebook page stated Clarke died in a hospital in London, England following a bout of pneumonia.
Born Edward Allan Clarke in London on October 5, 1950, he was a member of several bands beginning in his teenage years. Clarke joined drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor and bassist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister as a member of Motörhead, solidifying in 1976 what became known as the influential hard rock group’s “classic lineup.”
Clarke remained a member of Motörhead until 1982, appearing on such classic recordings as their 1977 self-titled debut album, 1980’s Ace Of Spades featuring the well-known title track and 1982’s Iron Fist. Both Taylor and Lemmy passed away in 2015.
Following his departure from Motörhead , in 1983 Clarke formed Fastway with UFO’s Pete Way. Fastway issued six albums between their formation and 1990. Clarke resurrected the project to record the 2011 album Eat Dog Eat.
Read a statement from Motörhead regarding Clarke’s passing, including notes from final members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, below: