The only surviving member of English heavy metal band Motorhead's classic line-up, Edward Allan Clarke, better known as "Fast" Eddie Clarke, passed away on Wednesday after battling with pneumonia. He was 67.
The news came through a statement published on Motorhead's official Facebook page on Thursday.
“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 (Wednesday),” the statement reads.
“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,” it said.
“Fast Eddie... keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin' up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!” the statement added.
Born on October 5, 1950, Clarke began playing guitar by the time he was aged fifteen and had played in many local bands, including The Bitter End.
He continued playing local gigs until 1973, when he turned professional by joining Curtis Knight's blues progressive rock band, Zeus, as lead guitarist. In 1974, the band had recorded an album called “The Second Coming” at Olympic Studios.
Clarke joined Motorhead in 1976 after drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor introduced him to the band’s founder and frontman Lemmy during the mid-70s.
The guitarist’s works in Motorhead include their self-titled 1977 debut album, 1979’s “Overkill and Bomber,” 1980’s “Ace of Spades” and 1982’s “Iron Fist.”
However, after “Iron Fist,” Clarke left Motorhead while on tour in the US and went on to form Fastway with former UFO bassist Pete Way.
Clarke's new line-up Fastway released their self-titled debut album in 1983, followed by six further studio albums – including the 2011 comeback album “Dog Eat Dog.”