Earlier today, iconic Motörhead vocalist / bassist Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister passed away at age 70, from an extremely aggressive cancer. Since this depressing news broke, Lemmy’s peers, pals and friends have taken to social media, offering their condolences; a small sampling follows:

Metallica – “Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We are forever grateful for all of your inspiration. Rest In Peace. Endless Love & Respect.”

Judas Priest – “Words about Lemmy can never be enough so we will simply say farewell Lord Lemmy thank you for the music, the shows, the tours we did and the laughs and stories we shared – all of these and more will be cherished.”

Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath – “Very sad to hear of Lemmy’s passing. We’ve lost a true, true legend. RIP.”

Bill Ward of Black Sabbath – “Lemmy, RIP – so sorry you’re gone. I stand with the countless souls who will miss you, and who love you very much.”

Geddy Lee of Rush – “So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of fellow Bass man, Lemmy…of Motörhead and Hawkwind before that. He was a true original….who lived to rock….RIP Lemmy!”

Paul Stanley of KISS – “Lemmy Kilmister Motörhead has passed away. Truly one of a kind. Much more to him than many knew. RIP.”

Manowar – “Lemmy was a great Bass Player, Song Writer and most of all a friend. To say he will be missed is an understatement. He was and will always be a Legend.
We will never forget you and the good times we had on the road. We Hail You !”

Voivod – “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of one of our heroes. Rest In Peace Lemmy.”

Queensryche – “We just heard the horrible news. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lemmy Kilmister’s family, friends, all his Motorhead family and fans. RIP.”

Corrosion Of Conformity – “Going from “Happy Birthday, Lemmy” to “Lemmy, Rest in Peace” in the course of a few days is pretty brutal, not to mention a world without Motorhead looming ahead. Let’s take this opportunity to crank some music that will live forever.”

James Kottak of Scorpions – “Lemmy…you will be missed…a true friend…the real deal…RIP you will rock & roll forever.”

Black Stone Cherry – “So sad to hear about the passing of Lemmy. We are so honored and lucky to say that we had the privilege of touring with Motörhead thru Germany in 2009. What an incredible tour that was…”

Steel Panther – “The ultimate rockstar. The ultimate party. You are and will forever be missed Lemmy.”