'Fast' Eddie Clarke, Motorhead guitarist, dies at 67

Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke died Wednesday at the age of 67 on Wednesday after being admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, the band reported on its official Facebook page.

The guitarist played in the British hard rock band from 1976 to 1982, and was a member during the time of what many fans consider the band’s classic period.

Clarke was the last living member from that period, with Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor dying in 2015 from liver failure and Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister dying in 2016 from a combination of prostate cancer, congestive heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmia.

During that six-year run, Motörhead recorded six albums before Clarke’s 1982 departure, including the beloved 1981 live album “No Sleep ’til Hammersmith.” After leaving the heavy metal outfit, Clarke formed Fastway with ex-UFO bassist Peter Way.

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British heavy rock band Motorhead, London, 1978. Left to right: drummer Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor, guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke and bassist and singer Lemmy (Ian Kilmister). (Photo by Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of MOTORHEAD; 'Fast' Eddie Clarke (L) and Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor backstage at the Electric Circus, smoking (Photo by Paul Welsh/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of MOTORHEAD; 'Fast' Eddie Clarke performing on stage at the Electric Circus (Photo by Paul Welsh/Redferns)
British heavy rock band Motorhead pose with pistols in front of a banner, London, 1978. Left to right: drummer Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor, bassist and singer Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) and guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke. (Photo by Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns)
Motorhead (from left: singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister, drummer Phil Taylor and guitarist Eddie Clarke), British heavy metal band, pose with Lemmy and Clarke appearing to strangle Taylor, who is wearing false bulbous eyes, in a group studio portrait, circa 1978. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Photo of MOTORHEAD and LEMMY and Eddie CLARKE and Phil TAYLOR; Posed studio group portrait L-R Eddie Clarke, Phil Taylor and Lemmy (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Posed group portrait of Motorhead. Left to right are Lemmy (Ian Kilmister), Phil Taylor and Eddie Clarke in December 1980. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Photo of MOTORHEAD; Phil Taylor, Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
LONDON - DECEMBER 01: British rock band Motorhead posed in Islington, London in December 1980. L-R Lemmy Kilmister, Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor, 'Fast' Eddie Clarke. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
LONDON - 1st DECEMBER: Rock band Motorhead posed in London in December 1980. Left to right: Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor, 'Fast' Eddie Clarke and Lemmy Kilmister. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
English bassist and singer Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister (1945 - 2015, left) and 'Fast' Eddie Clarke of heavy rock group Motorhead, 1982. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Rockband, GrossbritannienPhil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor, Lemmy Kilminster und 'Fast' Eddie Clarke in HamburgGanzkörperaufnahme (Photo by ABS/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - 22nd MARCH: Fast Eddie Clarke from Motorhead posed backstage with his guitars at City Hall in Newcastle on March 22nd 1982. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
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Motörhead’s official Facebook page confirmed Clarke’s death, adding statements from late-era Motörhead members Phil Campbell and Mikey Dee.

“Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock and roller, RIP Eddie,” Campbell said.

“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. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer,” Dee said. “Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again and if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out!”

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