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Motorhead Guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Dead At 67 (Photos)

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The last surviving original member of the iconic rock band Motorhead has died. "Fast" Eddie Clarke was 67. 

According to the Motorhead Facebook page, the guitarist died on Jan. 10 due to complications from pneumonia, the Daily Mail reports.

Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor and bassist-singer Lemmy Kilmister both died in 2015.

"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 post began. 

The source for the news was record label executive Ted Carroll, the post notes, who "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."

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The post also quotes two former non-original Motorhead members.

"Just heard the sad news that fast Eddie Clarke has passed away," said guitarist Phil Campbell, who joined the band in 1984. "Such a shock, he will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie."

Drummer Mikkey Dee, who is currently playing for The Scorpions, said: "Oh my f**king God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer when we [tour] around with the Scorps …"

Clarke left Motorhead in 1982 and formed Fastway with former UFO bassist Peter Way and former Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley.

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Motorhead, who formed in 1975 but didn't issue their debut album until 1977, was a seminal influence on the heavy metal boom of the 1980s and 1990s, notes Rolling Stone.

Almost as influential as their music was the umlaut that appears over the second "o" in the band's name.

The German diacritical mark, consisting of two dots above the letter, was first used in a band name by German space-rockers Amon Duul, which is spelled with umlauts over both "u" letters. 

Blue Oyster Cult followed suit, putting the mark over the "O" in Oyster. "I pinched the idea off Blue Oyster Cult," said Motorhead's Lemmy. "Then Motley Crue pinched it off us and it goes on and on." 

The fake band Spinal Tap, in their heavy metal phase, used an umlaut grammatically incorrectly, as did many real bands.

Sources: Daily Mail, Rolling Stone (2) / Featured Image: Andrew King/Flickr / Embedded Images: REX/Shutterstock and lpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock via Daily Mail

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