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Motorhead Leader Lemmy Kilmister: ‘Wurzel Was My Brother’

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Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has issued an official statement on the recent death of the band’s former guitarist Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston, calling the axe-man his “brother.”

“Wurzel was my friend and my brother and he’s never going to laugh with me again or bitch me out or do … anything,” says Kilmister. “And that truly and cosmically SUCKS. RIP Wurz. Godspeed. Good man.”

The entire band also released a statement, which reads: “We are greatly saddened to confirm that our long-time friend and comrade Wurzel died Saturday at his home. Wurz was pouring a Guinness and cracking a joke when he succumbed to a heart attack; at least we know he went with a smile.”

The statement continues, “It is a cliché to say that words cannot describe how we feel, and in this case, other than ones such as ‘shit’ and ‘awful’ and ‘very, very sad,’ it is true, they really can’t. We all shared many many great times together, and what he did for Motorhead is quite simply indelible.”

As previously mentioned, Motorhead dedicated their gig Sunday at the U.K. Sonisphere Festival to Wurzel.

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