Former Motörhead and Fastway guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke passed away yesterday after a battle with pneumonia. He was 67 years old.
He was one-third of the band’s classic lineup along with drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor and Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who both passed away in 2015.
Motörhead issued the following statement: “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. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his [Facebook] 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!!!”
Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell said: “Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock ‘n’ roller. RIP Eddie.”