The last surviving member of Motörhead’s “classic” line-up, Eddie Clarke, has died.
Best-known as “Fast Eddie,” the guitarist peacefully passed away on Wednesday after suffering from pneumonia, the band announced on Facebook.
He was predeceased by Motörhead frontman Lemmy (Ian Fraser Kilmister) in December 2015 and Phil Taylor just one month prior in November 2015.
Motörhead was formed in London in 1975 by Lemmy, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox, though most of their best-selling albums featured Clarke and “Philthy Animal” Taylor.
Clarke joined the group soon after its inception in 1976 after having met Taylor just shortly after he joined the group. He ended up leaving the band in 1982.
After leaving Motörhead, Clarke co-founded Fastway, which released its self-titled debut in 1983. The group released a string of records throughout the Eighties, riding the popularity of heavy metal and hair metal, before splitting in the early Nineties. The singles “Easy Livin'” and “Say What You Will,” off the group’s 1983 self-titled debut, both charted high on Billboard’s mainstream rock chart, while the filigreed “Tell Me” off 1984’s All Fired Up was the band’s last hit. Both albums appeared in the upper half of the Top 200, while another, 1988’s On Target, made it to Number 135.
Clarke released a solo album, It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, in 1994, which notably found him reuniting with Kilmister on “Laugh at the Devil.” Clarke would continue to record and perform over the next few decades, releasing solo records and reuniting with Fastway. His last LP, Make My Day – Back to Blues, arrived in 2014.