Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister was playing a video game in his final hours after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
The 70-year-old rock legend was told of the devastating news just TWO days before his death and the band have revealed he was sitting at home playing his favourite bartop game which had made it’s way down from The Rainbow Bar and Grill in the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, where Lemmy was a regular.
It is not know what game he was playing but fans recalled seeing him on Twitter at the bar playing what appeared to be solitaire, with one writing: “RIP Lemmy. I’ll always remember you playing your video card game at the Rainbow. The Ace of Spades!”
Another added: “met Lemmy once. 20,The Rainbow smoking cigs an staring intensely at his bartop video game. He nodded and then went back to his game. #metal. (sic)”
In a statement, the band said: “He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family. (sic)”
Another Twitter user shared an image of Lemmy playing the video card game in a throwback photograph while holding a cigarette surrounded by beers.
An article in the Los Angeles Times read: “The pirate at the end of the bar is absorbed in a game of chance, tapping at a video-game console through virtual dice, cards, puzzles and music trivia between sips of bourbon and Coke.
“Lemmy Kilmister, the iconic frontman for the hard-rock band Motörhead, feeds more money into the machine. ‘You win some, you lose some, it’s all the same to me,’ he says with a grin, quoting his own song ‘Ace of Spades’.”
Hellraiser Lemmy was known for his years of hard partying but slowed down his drinking after a bout of heart trouble which forced Motörhead off the road for the first time in years in 2013.
He later sat down to chat with Rolling Stone magazine at The Rainbow, where he would ‘feed dollars into a machine to play games of trivia and chance like Clock Teaser, a quiz about women and nature’.
Talking about his health scare, he said: “There is nothing weirder than having everything you are taken from you in one day – bingo.”
He’d started using an exercise bike every day, stopped drinking so much and cut down from two packs of Marlboro Reds every day to just one or two cigarettes.
“Let’s face it – it isn’t as much fun,” Lemmy said. “But it can’t be as much fun if I die. I don’t believe that’s much fun, either.”