LONDON — Motorhead’s former drummer Phil Taylor died aged 61 on Wednesday.

The sticksman, who was often known by his nickname Philthy Animal, laid down the rhythms for all the metal band’s classic tracks including “Ace of Spades” and “Overkill.”

Guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke revealed the news on his Facebook page Thursday, says that his “dear friend and brother” had passed away. “He had been ill for some time but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes,” he said. Read more…

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Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor dies aged 61