The classic lineup of Motörhead is set to reform in the afterlife.
Clarke’s death follows the passing of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister in December 2015 and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November 2015. The trio delivered blistering rock and roll classics like 1980’s Ace of Spades, as well as the band’s 1977 debut, Overkill (1979), Bomber (1979), and Iron Fist (1982).
“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,” the band writes. “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… Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!”
In the post, a note was included from Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell: “Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clark has passed away. Such a shock, he will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie.”
Former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee called Clarke’s passing “the last of the three amigos.”
Clarke, who after Motörhead went to form Fastway with Pete Way from UFO, was born on October 5, 1950.