News has reached us this morning that legendary guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, one third of the classic line-up of MOTÖRHEAD, has passed away.
According to former manager Doug Smith, he died in hospital last night where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 67.
Clarke, who had previously played with Harlem R&B legend Curtis Knight - a role once held by Jimi Hendrix - joined Motörhead in 1976, initially as second guitarist to Larry Wallis, before the latter quit, leaving the classic trio of Clarke, Lemmy and Philthy Animal Taylor.
Over six years and as many albums, they'd become one of the biggest, best loved and most influential heavy rock bands to emerge from the UK.
After Motörhead, Clarke formed the band FASTWAY, who'd enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.
Clarke was the last surviving member of the classic Motörhead line-up, Lemmy and Taylor having died in 2015.
Vive Le Rock sends love and condolences to Fast Eddie's family, friends and many fans the world over.