Terribly sad news overnight, former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke has died at the age of 67.
The news was confirmed on Motorhead's Facebook page with a 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!
“RIP Fast Eddie Clarke – 5th October 1950 - 10th January 2018.”
Clarke played on Motorhead’s self-titled 1977 debut album as well as 1979’s Overkill and Bomber, 1980’s Ace Of Spades and 1982’s Iron Fist, but left Motorhead while on tour in the US, and went on to form Fastway with Peter Way (former UFO bassist).