‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, guitarist and last surviving member of original Motorhead lineup, dies at 67

The original lineup of the British rock band Motorhead in London in 1980: Lemmy Kilmister, from left, Phil Taylor and "Fast" Eddie Clarke.
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“Fast” Eddie Clark, the original lead guitarist of the British heavy metal rock band Motorhead and the last surviving member of the power trio’s original lineup, has died while being treated for pneumonia. He was 67.

Motorhead announced on Facebook that Clarke had died Wednesday in a hospital.

Clarke joined Motorhead soon after it was founded in 1975 by former Hawkwind bassist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. He was the final survivor of the band’s classic lineup: Lemmy, Clarke and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.

Kilmister and Taylor both died in 2015.


Clarke’s time in Motorhead produced some of the band’s biggest hits, including the ferocious anthem “Ace of Spades.”

Clarke left Motorhead in 1982 and later formed the band Fastway.

A later Motorhead guitarist, Phil Campbell, said on Facebook that Clarke “will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie.”