Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor dies


Russia hopes to prevent its athletes being banned from 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 Spades and Overkill.

"Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many, many fond memories of our time together," Clarke said.

He said Taylor had been ill for some time "but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes".

Taylor played with Motorhead from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992 - dubbing the interim period "a holiday".

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