Former Motorhead drummer “Philthy Animal” Phil Taylor has died aged 61, his bandmate and friend has said.
Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke wrote on Facebook: “My dear friend and brother passed away last night… He was one hell of a character.”
Taylor, from Chesterfield, played in the British heavy metal band for 14 years with Clarke and frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister.
He features on all the band’s hits, including Ace of Overkill and Spades.
“Luckily we made some wonderful music together and I’ve many, many fond memories of our time together,” Clarke said.
He said Taylor had been ill for some time “but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time finally comes”.
Taylor played with Motorhead from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992 – dubbing the interim interval “a vacation”.